HABs in Fjords and Coastal Embayments
The GEOHAB Core Research Project on Fjords and Coastal Embayments
Coastal regions represent a small fraction of the world ocean, but their importance if high because of the ever-increasing human population that lives there, as well as the generally high productivity of these regions. Harmful algal blooms frequently occur in this environment, with negative outcomes on human health, tourism, aquaculture, commercial fisheries... There is thus a need to better understand the ecology and oceanography of harmful algal species in these regions, which are characterized by shallow depths and proximity to land. Benthic-pelagic coupling is particularly strong in this environment, and life-transitions are of key interest to this Core Research Project. Physical constraints are of key importance in determining hydrodynamics and species outcomes in coastal embayments. Water residence time is also critically important in these constrained environments. The GEOHAB Core Research Project on Fjords and Coastal Embayments fosters comparative research on these various aspects, including modelling that encompasses the pelagic and benthic compartments.
The Science Plan for the GEOHAB Core Research Project on Fjords and Coastal Embayments was launched in May 2010.