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Prediction, Response, and Status of New England Red Tide 2009

Prediction

In April 2009, NOAA-supported scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) forecasted a moderately large New England Red Tide, or Alexandrium bloom, in the Gulf of Maine. The 2009 bloom event is expected be less extensive than the major regional bloom of 2008, but still has the potential to be more severe than the large event in 2006. The 2009 forecast was based on runs of a biological-physical model, developed with ECOHAB and MERHAB support, using weather scenarios typical of the last few years. A critical component of the model is a map of Alexandrium

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