Ann. Limnol. - Int. J. Lim.
Volume 46, Number 2, 2010
|Page(s)||121 - 133|
|Published online||17 May 2010|
Assessment of the risk of cyanobacterial bloom occurrence in urban ponds: probabilistic approach
Plant Science and Nature Management, Department of Biology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
* Corresponding author: Anatoly.Peretyatko@vub.ac.be
Accepted: 23 February 2010
Blooms of toxic cyanobacteria became a common feature of temperate lakes and ponds owing to human induced eutrophication. Occurrence of cyanobacterial blooms in an urban context may pose serious health concerns. This necessitates the development of tools for assessment of the risk of noxious bloom occurrence. A five year study of 42 Brussels ponds showed that cyanobacteria have threshold rather than linear relationships with environmental variables controlling them. Hence, linear relationships have limited predictive capacity for cyanobacterial blooms. A probabilistic approach to prediction of bloom occurrence using environmental thresholds as conditions in conditional probability calculation proved to be more useful. It permitted the risk of cyanobacterial bloom occurrence to be quantified and thus the conditions and thence the ponds the most prone to cyanobacterial bloom development to be singled out. This approach can be applied for the assessment of the risk of cyanobacterial bloom occurrence in urban ponds and thus can facilitate monitoring planning, remediation efforts and setting restoration priorities.
Key words: Cyanobacteria / eutrophication / threshold relationship / conditional probability
© EDP Sciences, 2010
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