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Are algal blooms occurring later in Lake Taihu? Climate local effects outcompete mitigation prevention

Hongtao Duan, Ronghua Ma, Yuchao Zhang and Steven Arthur Loiselle

in Journal of Plankton Research

Volume 36, issue 3, pages 866-871
Published in print May 2014 | ISSN: 0142-7873
Published online January 2014 | e-ISSN: 1464-3774 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbt132
Are algal blooms occurring later in Lake Taihu? Climate local effects outcompete mitigation prevention

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Using Landsat and Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite data, cyanobacteria bloom initiation dates over two decades (1987–2011) in Lake Taihu showed three distinct trends. Initial blooms occurred later each year between 1987 and 1997 and then generally earlier until 2007, when the earliest and most extensive blooms occurred. After 2007, bloom initiation dates occurred later each year. Climate and catchment control over bloom dynamics was observed, in particular winter temperature minima and nutrient ratios.

Keywords: bloom initiation; climate change; nutrients; Lake Taihu

Journal Article.  2195 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marine and Estuarine Biology ; Zoology and Animal Sciences

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