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|Title:||Sustaining recreational quality of European lakes: minimizing the health risks from algal blooms through phosphorus control|
|Authors:||CARVALHO Laurence; MCDONALD Claire; DE HOYOS Caridad; MISCHKE U; PHILLIPS Geoff; BORICS Gabor; POIKANE Sandra; SKJELBRED B.; LYCHE SOLHEIM Anne; VAN WICHELEN Jeroen; CARDOSO Ana|
|Citation:||JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY vol. 50 no. 2 p. 315-323|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||A safe, clean water supply is critical for sustaining many important ecosystem services provided by freshwaters. The development of cyanobacterial blooms in lakes and reservoirs has a major impact on the provision of these services, particularly limiting their use for recreation and water supply for drinking and spray irrigation. Nutrient enrichment is thought to be the most important pressure responsible for the widespread increase in cyanobacterial blooms in recent decades. Quantifying how nutrients limit cyanobacterial abuncance in lakes, is, therefore, a key need for setting robust targets for the managment of freshwaters. Using a dataset from over 800 European lakes, we highlight the use of quantile regression modelling for understanding the maximum potential capacity of cyanobacteria in relation to total phosphorus (TP) and the use of a range of quantile responses, alongside World Health Organisation (WHO) health alert thresholds for recreational waters, for setting robust phoshorus targets for lake management in relation to water use.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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