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New Study May Help Predict Red Tides
By Joanna Lentini, March 14, 2017 @ 04:05 PM (EST)
Source: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Striped dolphins in the Sea of Cortez navigate around large swathes of red tide

Algal blooms, or “red tides,” are large accumulations of a particular type of algae, which congregate at or near the surface creating a reddish-brown soup. While we understand these events are found in areas of low nutrients, their randomness has perplexed scientists for years.

However, in a recent student-led study at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, researchers were pleased to find patterns in the seemingly random nature of red tides off the coast of Southern California. Using a new model developed by Scripps at the University of California San Diego, the team analyzed the primary pigment in algae (chlorophylla), the concentration levels of nutrients, and other aspects of the seawater to uncover similarities in red tide events in the region.

Scientists are hopeful their new findings will serve as an early warning system, which will help to better protect coastal communities from the toxic, respiratory issues they create, as well as prepare desalinization plants and fisheries.

Read more here.



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