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Image : In Computer Models and Seafloor Observations, Researchers See Potential for Significant 2008 "Red Tide" Season

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model forecast of spring 2008 harmful algae
These panels show the results of four different runs of a computer simulation of the cell concentrations of Alexandrium fundyense under four different weather scenarios. All four scenarios were initiated from the cyst map obtained in late 2007; the differences in predicted bloom patterns are determined by the weather and ocean conditions observed in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Those years provide a range of conditions from major blooms to intermediate levels to very week blooms. Note that in all cases, the Alexandrium cells are abundant on a regional basis, but not necessarily close to the shoreline. (Graphic by Dennis McGillicuddy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Ruoying He, North Carolina State University)

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