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New research simulates Baltic algal blooms

Large accumulations of blue-green algae, which benefit from ocean warming and are brought to the coast by wind-driven and turbulent currents, are not only inconvenient features for recreational plans along the Baltic coast in the summer. They consume oxygen during decomposition, can be toxic to humans and animals and also affect water quality. In a new interdisciplinary project, researchers will investigate the connection between physical and biological processes that affect algal blooms and develop tools that can predict how they change in a warmer climate.

Algblomning i Östersjön. Foto Johan Bjurer/Mostphotos
Algal blooms are common in the Baltic Sea. Using new methods, researchers hope to be able to better predict where and when they will occur. Photo: Johan Bjurer/Mostphotos.

Read the article at the Baltic Sea Centre website.