Microcystin Sampling

Saginaw Bay (Lake Huron)
Lake St. Clair
Western Lake Erie

NOAA and CIGLR researchers and partners are working to identify environmental factors that influence Microcystis growth and to develop methods to forecast blooms. Research is focused on improving our ability to predict when cyanobacterial blooms will occur, whether or not they are toxic and identifying the influence of nutrients on growth and extent. Field monitoring and continuous real-time observations take place on three (3) lakes shown above. The data from field monitoring, buoys and sensors assists in the development of tools that predict the magnitude and movement of algal blooms. In addition, field monitoring and real-time sensors provide information to help us quantify the influence of nutrients and Microcystis growth and toxicity. NOAA and CIGLR's research and models support National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in monitoring and forecasting these harmful blooms through the Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin, as well as assist in HAB Tracker development.

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