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NY Times: City, Columbia University studying toxic algae blooms

At a Manhattan Park With a Troubled History, a Promising Research Site


The pond’s small size, and the amount of its water that has been taken over by algae, makes it a perfect case study, said Joaquim Goes, the project’s lead researcher and a biology professor at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. For years, Dr. Goes has studied toxic algal blooms around the world, even monitoring a bloom that grows to “three times the size of Texas” every year off the coast of Oman, in the Arabian Peninsula.


The city approached the university about the algae problem a month and a half ago, Dr. Goes said. By taking samples from the pond and trying different remedies, his team hopes to figure out the best way to mitigate the spread of harmful algae and to create an “early warning system” for future blooms, he said.


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