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Forecasting the risk of harmful algal blooms
- Davidson, Keith, Anderson, Donald M., Mateus, Marcos, Reguera, Beatriz, Silke, Joe, Sourisseau, Marc, Maguire, Julie
- Harmful algae 2016 v.53 pp. 1-7
- algal blooms, aquaculture industry, models, monitoring, phytoplankton, poisonous algae, remote sensing, risk, satellites, toxins, Europe
- The “Applied Simulations and Integrated Modelling for the Understanding of Harmful Algal Blooms” (Asimuth) project sought to develop a harmful algal bloom (HAB) alert system for Atlantic Europe. This was approached by combining, at a national or regional level, regulatory monitoring phytoplankton and biotoxin data with satellite remote sensing and other information on current marine conditions, coupled with regional scale models that included a representation of HAB transport. Synthesis of these products was achieved by expert interpretation within HAB risk alert bulletins that were prepared on a regular basis (typically weekly) for use by the aquaculture industry. In this preface to the Asimuth Special Issue we outline the main HAB species of concern in the region and the strengths and limitations of different methodologies to provide early warning of their blooms.