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Deployment of an Automated System for the Detection of Cyanobacteria

Toxic blue-green algae blooms are a national and international  problem of growing significance, and an issue of paramount public  concern in both inland waters and the great lakes.  Often these bloom  occur and dissipate quickly, making it difficult to impossible to  reliable detect them using discrete sampling.  A network of  autonomous samplers offers the possibility of near real time  detection of these blooms.  This project will develop a prototype  optical sensor system and test platform that can distinguish  cyanobacteria from other "algal" blooms.  This system will eventually  form the core optical sensors for the more extensive monitoring  system.  Such a buoy-or shore based remote monitoring system will be  of interest to Sea Grant Extension, NOAA-GLERL, DEC and other health  agencies as they determine the best ways to monitor blooms and to  educate the public about the risks.  This approach would provide for  real time results on the water quality and potential for toxin  occurrence.

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Gregory L. BoyerPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 2 projects
Agencies
New York Sea Grant $ 71,118.00USDEstimates

Funding 14 projects for a total of $1,043,408.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Biochemical
Cellular
Processes
Natural Ecological Processes
State Province
New York
Purpose of Project
Special Survey
Data Availability
Digital
Region Being Monitored
Near and OpenShore Waters
Resource Being Monitored
Plankton / Microorganisms
Annex Numbers
Control of Phosphorus
Surveillance and Monitoring
General
Monitoring
Annex

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