Stream 2: Biodiversity
- Barbara Robson1 and Tim Malthus2
- 1CSIRO Land and Water, Australia
- 2CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Australia
Harmful algal blooms, including toxic cyanobacterial blooms, are a common threat to coastal ecosystems, human activities, and aquaculture. Cyanobacteria may also play an important role in coastal nutrient cycles, even at sub-bloom concentrations, not least because of their nitrogen fixing activity. Although the general drivers of phytoplankton blooms have been well established, specific triggers of potentially harmful species and of toxin production are less well understood. Prediction or early detection of such blooms is a priority for public health and estuary management. This session will cover recent advances in prediction, detection, monitoring and management of cyanobacteria and harmful algal blooms. We will welcome submissions describing advances in remote sensing, modelling, measurement, toxin detection and understanding of the role of cyanobacteria in ecosystem function.