Title: Sustaining recreational quality of European lakes: minimizing the health risks from algal blooms through phosphorus control
Authors: CARVALHO LaurenceMCDONALD ClaireDE HOYOS CaridadMISCHKE UPHILLIPS GeoffBORICS GaborPOIKANE SandraSKJELBRED B.LYCHE SOLHEIM AnneVAN WICHELEN JeroenCARDOSO Ana
Citation: JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY vol. 50 no. 2 p. 315-323
Publisher: WILEY-BLACKWELL
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC73832
ISSN: 0021-8901
URI: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12059/abstract;jsessionid=6BD31F10D746441AF2F17F038DC2E145.d04t01
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC73832
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12059
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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