Lake responses to external stressors
Harmful algal bloom (HAB) frequency has increased in some lakes within North America, despite reductions in phosphorus inputs – indicating a possible decoupling of HABs responses from nutrient drivers. Identifying the cause of decoupling has been obstructed by difficulties in characterising such a rapidly changing environment, preventing the establishment of successful HABs managment solutions.
The Crossman Lab is working to integrate recent advances in real-time monitoring technologies, not previously available in Canada, into existing binational networks across Lake Erie. Data generated will be used to critically assess the current dependence on the phosphorus control paradigm in HABs management.
By implementing novel technologies for analysing underlying process interactions, supported by the Real time Aquatic Ecosystem Observation Network we aim to transform conventional approaches to freshwater resource management, and develop more resilient HABs solutions.