Enhancing sustainability in coastal communities threatened by harmful algal blooms

In this NSF-funded project we are advancing understanding of the coupled human-natural system and knowledge co-production using Lake Erie and its harmful algal blooms (HABs) as a test case. Historical and contemporary water quality issues are provided as context for our work here.

HAB events have been increasing globally over the past decade and directly impact ecosystem services for coastal communities (e.g., drinking water provision, fishing and recreation), understanding, predicting and alleviating this water quality issue is a problem of great societal relevance.  We will study the Western Lake Erie because of our ability to build upon previous research and existing data sets and our previous involvement the region’s policy networks.