Strategies for monitoring and managing mass populations of toxic cyanobacteria in recreational waters: a multi-interdisciplinary approach

Andrew Tyler, Peter Hunter, Laurence Carvalho, Geoffrey Codd, Alex Elliott, Claire Ferguson, Nick Hanley, David Hopkins, Stephen Maberly, Kathryn Mearns, Marion Scott

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Mass populations of toxin-producing cyanobacteria commonly develop in fresh-, brackish- and marine waters and effective strategies for monitoring and managing cyanobacterial health risks are required to safeguard animal and human health. A multi-interdisciplinary study, including two UK freshwaters with a history of toxic cyanobacterial blooms, was undertaken to explore different approaches for the identification, monitoring and management of potentially-toxic cyanobacteria and their associated risks. The results demonstrate that (i) cyanobacterial bloom occurrence can be predicted at a local- and national-scale using process-based and statistical models; (ii) cyanobacterial concentration and distribution in waterbodies can be monitored using remote sensing, but minimum detection limits need to be evaluated; (iii) cyanotoxins may be transferred to spray-irrigated root crops; and (iv) attitudes and perceptions towards risks influence the public's preferences and willingness-to-pay for cyanobacterial health risk reductions in recreational waters.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberS11
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Health
Volume8
Issue numberSuppl 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2009

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Strategies for monitoring and managing mass populations of toxic cyanobacteria in recreational waters : a multi-interdisciplinary approach. / Tyler, Andrew; Hunter, Peter; Carvalho, Laurence; Codd, Geoffrey; Elliott, Alex; Ferguson, Claire; Hanley, Nick; Hopkins, David; Maberly, Stephen; Mearns, Kathryn; Scott, Marion.

In: Environmental Health, Vol. 8, No. Suppl 1, S11, 21.12.2009.

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Tyler, A, Hunter, P, Carvalho, L, Codd, G, Elliott, A, Ferguson, C, Hanley, N, Hopkins, D, Maberly, S, Mearns, K & Scott, M 2009, 'Strategies for monitoring and managing mass populations of toxic cyanobacteria in recreational waters: a multi-interdisciplinary approach', Environmental Health, vol. 8, no. Suppl 1, S11. https://doi.org/10.1186/1476-069X-8-S1-S11
Tyler, Andrew ; Hunter, Peter ; Carvalho, Laurence ; Codd, Geoffrey ; Elliott, Alex ; Ferguson, Claire ; Hanley, Nick ; Hopkins, David ; Maberly, Stephen ; Mearns, Kathryn ; Scott, Marion. / Strategies for monitoring and managing mass populations of toxic cyanobacteria in recreational waters : a multi-interdisciplinary approach. In: Environmental Health. 2009 ; Vol. 8, No. Suppl 1.
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