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Research With Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Informs Educational Resource About Harmful Algal Blooms
Category: COSEE Conference Resources, Ocean Sciences 2012, For Educators, Ocean Technology
Resource Type: Poster
Date Posted: 02/21/2013
Process studies employing autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) off central California have advanced the scientific understanding of harmful algal blooms (HABs), as well as the educational resources to explain them. These process studies gathered multidisciplinary observations from AUVs, moorings, ships, aircraft, and satellites. Moored systems included autonomous robotic biochemistry systems for in situ detection of HAB species and toxins.

Integrating the knowledge gained from a series of process studies, we developed a visualization of processes that influence bloom ecology in Monterey Bay, California. This visualization, rendered to static and dynamic content, emphasizes how HAB ecology is profoundly influenced by processes that originate at the boundaries of coastal marine ecosystems. In its dynamic form, the illustration is presented in language that is accessible to resource managers and the general public.

Presented by J.P. Ryan, N.S. Barr, D. Fierstein, and K. Fulton-Bennett at the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT

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