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Record-setting algal bloom in Lake Erie caused by agricultural and meteorological trends consistent with expected future conditions

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, April 2013
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19 news outlets
blogs
15 blogs
policy
2 policy sources
twitter
50 tweeters
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1 peer review site
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10 Facebook pages
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7 Google+ users

Citations

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1083 Mendeley
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Title
Record-setting algal bloom in Lake Erie caused by agricultural and meteorological trends consistent with expected future conditions
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, April 2013
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1216006110
Pubmed ID
Authors

Anna M. Michalak, Eric J. Anderson, Dmitry Beletsky, Steven Boland, Nathan S. Bosch, Thomas B. Bridgeman, Justin D. Chaffin, Kyunghwa Cho, Rem Confesor, Irem Daloğlu, Joseph V. DePinto, Mary Anne Evans, Gary L. Fahnenstiel, Lingli He, Jeff C. Ho, Liza Jenkins, Thomas H. Johengen, Kevin C. Kuo, Elizabeth LaPorte, Xiaojian Liu, Michael R. McWilliams, Michael R. Moore, Derek J. Posselt, R. Peter Richards, Donald Scavia, Allison L. Steiner, Ed Verhamme, David M. Wright, Melissa A. Zagorski

Abstract

In 2011, Lake Erie experienced the largest harmful algal bloom in its recorded history, with a peak intensity over three times greater than any previously observed bloom. Here we show that long-term trends in agricultural practices are consistent with increasing phosphorus loading to the western basin of the lake, and that these trends, coupled with meteorological conditions in spring 2011, produced record-breaking nutrient loads. An extended period of weak lake circulation then led to abnormally long residence times that incubated the bloom, and warm and quiescent conditions after bloom onset allowed algae to remain near the top of the water column and prevented flushing of nutrients from the system. We further find that all of these factors are consistent with expected future conditions. If a scientifically guided management plan to mitigate these impacts is not implemented, we can therefore expect this bloom to be a harbinger of future blooms in Lake Erie.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 19 2%
Canada 5 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
France 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Other 4 <1%
Unknown 1047 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 225 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 188 17%
Student > Bachelor 180 17%
Researcher 157 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 53 5%
Other 130 12%
Unknown 150 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 317 29%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 221 20%
Engineering 86 8%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 85 8%
Chemistry 34 3%
Other 122 11%
Unknown 218 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 317. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 18 April 2022.
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#17
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