Water Quality Research

Algal Bloom


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Dr. Thomas Bridgeman and members of his Limnology Lab continue to focus their research on environmental problems in western Lake Erie that include studying harmful algal blooms (HABs) via UT's water quality sensor and buoy, as well as hypoxic conditions in western Lake Erie. Since 2015, UT's water quality buoy has been located at Little Cedar Point in Lake Erie's western basin. The buoy is placed in the lake for HABs season, which runs mid-May through September. Bridgeman collaborates with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Bowling Green State University, Heidelberg University, Ohio State University's Stone Lab and various municipal intakes and pump stations. Daily data results are available during summer months on the Great Lakes Observing System website.

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Last Updated: 10/6/22