What is it about?

Cyanobacterial blooms are expected to become more frequent in freshwaters globally due to eutrophication and climate change effects. Analysing data from a subtropical region we found that the increase in extreme meteorological events and temperature predicted by climate models will promote increasingly severe cyanobacterial blooms in eutrophic subtropical freshwaters.

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Why is it important?

Our analysis provides new information about the occurrence of bloom-forming cyanobacteria for southeastern South America and thus fills an important knowledge gap for subtropical freshwaters.


I hope this article can encourage people to think about climate change and the future of the water quality in freshwaters.

Professor Sylvia Bonilla
Universidad de la Republica Uruguay

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This page is a summary of: Temperature and precipitation shape the distribution of harmful cyanobacteria in subtropical lotic and lentic ecosystems, The Science of The Total Environment, December 2017, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.067.
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