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Predicting Pathogen Fate in the Great Lakes Coastal Environment

This project is part of the NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative   external research grants funding program.  The overall goal of this   project is to develop better ecosystem models for predicting the   fate of pathogens in aquatic systems. The central issue in this   project relates to how pathogens should be treated in a coupled   biological/physical model.  Important questions include: Do   biological contaminants primarily attach to particles, or are   planktonic cells of equal importance?  How quickly are pathogens   transported and where do they end up?  How long do pathogens survive   in the Great lakes environment?  Do events drive the system?  Can   sources in one location along the coast contaminate intakes and   beaches in other locations?  Do future environmental conditions that   are predicted from long-term climate change models have the   potential to influence pathogen fate?  These questions have been   incorporated into research objectives.  The project has the   following research objectives: Determine the biological survival and   physical transport that control the dispersion and persistence of   episodically introduced, waterborne pathogens in a river plume/open   lake ecosystem. Develop a coupled biological and physical model to   improve predictions of pathogen fate in the Great lakes coastal   environment.    (beach closures); (beach closing); (beach closings); (beach   closure); (pathogens); (pathogens); (E. coli); (Escherichia coli)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Sandra McLellanPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 1 projects
Val KlumpResearcher
Associated with 1 projects
David SchwabResearcher
Associated with 2 projects
Hector BravoResearcher
Associated with 1 projects
Agencies
NOAA - National Ocean Service $ 694,105.00USDEstimates

Funding 3 projects for a total of $1,518,926.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Biochemical
Cellular
Organism
Processes
Natural Ecological Processes
Land Use and Habitat
Shoreline
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Michigan
State Province
Illinois
Indiana
Michigan
Wisconsin
Annex Numbers
Pollution from Contaminated Groundwater
Pollution from Non-Point Sources
Research & Development
Surveillance and Monitoring
Annex 17
Control technologies for treatment of municipal and industrial effluents/emissions
Mass transfer of pollutants between GL Basin Ecosystem components
Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants
General
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Pollution from Contaminated Groundwater
    Pollution from Non-Point Sources
    Research & Development
    Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Control technologies for treatment of municipal and industrial effluents/emissions
    Mass transfer of pollutants between GL Basin Ecosystem components
    Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants

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