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NASA Warns The US Concerning Harmful Algal Blooms In Lakes, Reservoirs

The coastal areas and lakes in the US have harmful algal blooms growing and it can cause quite a chaos in the present as well as the future. The toxin-containing aquatic organisms are found to be multiplying at a faster pace such that they have formed a bloom and this can cause the people and pets to fall sick due to the consumption of contaminated water and also compel the authorities to close the boating and swimming sites. The unpredictable blooms are quite difficult to research on due to limited resources and thus, the water managers are now looking forward to advanced technologies developed by NASA and also its few partners so as to monitor and detect the potential risks associated with it. The multi-institutional Cyanobacteria Assessment Network, CyAN, has developed an app for this purpose.

The lakes and reservoirs are generally used by the populace for recreation and water supply, which increases the risk. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come up with a new app for Android mobile devices that can be downloaded from Google Play. The app helps people and officials know when a harmful algal bloom may be developing by analyzing the color alterations of the water through the satellites. The idea is to use the remote sensing technology to aid the primary warning system in detecting the harmful cyanobacteria if present in the US inland lakes.

According to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center lead for CyAN Jeremy Werdell, the monitoring of the lakes and other resources is not possible due to the limited resources and thus, the satellites can prove quite handy for sample collection and analysis. Since 1978, NASA has been studying water quality from the space using the Coastal Zone Color Scanner instrument for keeping a count on the phytoplankton populations. The other instruments such as Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on Terra and Aqua satellites help obtain high-resolution pictures for data collection of cyanobacteria. The NASA/USGS Landsat satellites, the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Senteinel-2 and Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellites, and others help detect the blooms. The supercomputers and Sentinel-3 plus Landsat data help detect and create a water quality monitoring system.

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