A new EU project will improve observations of the status of Europe’s coastal waters, including algal blooms. Existing observation systems will be linked together and new methods will be developed. SMHI is one of 33 institutes that are collaborate in the project, which will continue for four years. One problem in marine environmental monitoring is capturing the natural variations in the sea.
“At the moment we may have algal blooms in the sea that we do not capture with our environmental monitoring, since it can occur in different places and can have such a rapid progression that the whole blooming process occurs between sampling occasions,” says Bengt Karlson, a researcher at SMHI.