Coastal Harmful Algae Bloom Monitoring via a Sustainable, Sail-Powered Mobile Platform.
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Beckler, Jordon S.
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Harmful algae blooms (HABs) in coastal marine environments are increasing in number and duration, pressuring local resource managers to implement mitigation solutions to protect human and ecosystem health. However, insufficient spatial and temporal observations create uninformed management decisions. In order to better detect and map blooms, as well as the environmental conditions responsible for their formation, long-term, unattended observation platforms are desired. In this article, we describe a new cost-efficient, autonomous, mobile platform capable of accepting several sensors that can be used to monitor HABs in near real time. The Navocean autonomous sail-powered surface vehicle is deployable by a single person from shore, capable of waypoint navigation in shallow and deep waters, and powered completely by renewable energy. We present results from three surveys of the Florida Red Tide HAB (Karenia brevis) of 2017–2018. The vessel made significant progress toward wayp.....
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.A
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Phytoplankton biomass and diversity
Macroalgal canopy cover and composition
Maturity LevelTRL 7 System prototyping demonstration in an operational environment (ground or space)
Best Practice TypeManual (incl. handbook, guide, cookbook etc)
Spatial CoverageWest Florida Shelf
CitationBeckler JS, Arutunian E, Moore T, Currier, B.; Milbrandt, E. and Duncan, S. (2019) Coastal Harmful Algae Bloom Monitoring via a Sustainable, Sail-Powered Mobile Platform. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:587, 14pp. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00587
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