Impacts of #ClimateChange on the Occurrence of Harmful Algal Blooms

Click here to read the publication from the Environmental Protection Agency. Here’s the summary:

Climate change is predicted to change many environmental conditions that could affect the natural properties of fresh and marine waters both in the US and worldwide. Changes in these factors could favor the growth of harmful algal blooms and habitat changes such that marine HABs can invade and occur in freshwater. An increase in the occurrence and intensity of harmful algal blooms may negatively impact the environment, human health, and the economy for communities across the US and around the world. The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide climate change researchers and decision–makers a summary of the potential impacts of climate change on harmful algal blooms in freshwater and marine ecosystems. Although much of the evidence presented in this fact sheet suggests that the problem of harmful algal blooms may worsen under future climate scenarios, further research is needed to better understand the association between climate change and harmful algae.

Microcystis bloom in Lake Neatahwanta, NY, August, 2010. Courtesy of James Hyde, NYS DOH.
Microcystis bloom in Lake Neatahwanta, NY, August, 2010. Courtesy of James Hyde, NYS DOH.

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