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2005, Oceanography 18(2):210–227, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2005.55

New Approaches and Technologies for Observing
Harmful Algal Blooms

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Authors

Marcel Babin | Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, CNRS/UPMC, Villefranche-sur-Mer Cedex, France

John J. Cullen | Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Collin S. Roesler | Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, West Boothbay Harbor, ME, USA

Percy L. Donaghay | Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI, USA

Gregory J. Doucette | NOAA/National Ocean Service, Charleston, SC, USA

Mati Kahru | Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, La Jolla CA, USA

Marlon R. Lewis | Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Christopher A. Scholin | Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA, USA

Michael E. Sieracki | Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, West Boothbay Harbor, ME, USA

Heidi M. Sosik | Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA

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First Paragraph

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) represent a diverse range of phenomena that universally share only two characteristics: they produce effects on ecosystems or food resources that humans perceive as harmful, and their progression is fundamentally a process of population dynamics under oceanographic control. Because of the complexity, scales, and transient nature of HABs, their monitoring and prediction requires rapid, intensive, extensive, and sustained observations at sea. These requirements cannot be met with traditional approaches that depend on ships for sampling and laboratories for chemical or biological analyses. Fortunately, new sensing technologies that operate autonomously in situ will allow, in the near future, the development of comprehensive observation strategies for timely detection of HABs. In turn, developments in modeling will support prediction of these phenomena, based directly on real-time measurements.

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Full Article

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Citation

Babin, M., J.J. Cullen, C.S. Roesler, P.L. Donaghay, G.J. Doucette, M. Kahru, M.R. Lewis, C.A. Scholin, M.E. Sieracki, and H.M. Sosik. 2005. New approaches and technologies for observing harmful algal blooms. Oceanography 18(2):210–227, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2005.55.

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