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Special Section Fall 2013: Asian Environments, Guest Edited by Darrin Magee

Harmful Algal Blooms in Asia: an insidious and escalating water pollution phenomenon with effects on ecological and human health

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Patricia M Glibert

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, US
About Patricia
Patricia M. Glibert is a Professor with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Named one of the top 25 professors in Maryland, she is aquatic ecologist with over 30 years of experience working on issues related to nutrient loading, eutrophication, and harmful algae. In addition to her work in Chesapeake Bay, she has recently completed studies in East China Sea, Hong Kong coastal waters, Kuwait Bay, and the Gulf of Oman.
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Abstract

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), those proliferations of algae that causeenvironmental, economic, or human health problems, are increasing in frequency,duration, and geographic extent due to nutrient pollution. The scale of the HABproblem in Asia has escalated in recent decades in parallel with the increase in useof agricultural fertilizer, the development of aquaculture, and a growing population.Three examples, all from China but illustrative of the diversity of events and theirecological, economic, and human health effects throughout Asia, are highlightedhere. These examples include inland (Lake Tai or Taihu) as well as offshore (EastChina Sea and Yellow Sea) waters. The future outlook for controlling these bloomsis bleak. The effects of advancing industrialized agriculture and a continually growingpopulation will continue to result in more nutrient pollution and more HABs—-and more effects - in the foreseeable future.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.46
How to Cite: Glibert, P.M., (2014). Harmful Algal Blooms in Asia: an insidious and escalating water pollution phenomenon with effects on ecological and human health. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. 21(1), pp.52–68. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.46
Published on 24 Feb 2014.
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