Ongoing red tide monitoring in South Florida

Red tide has continued to cause health problems for the public and wildlife throughout Florida. Although South Florida waters have not been severely impacted yet, FIU’s CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment (CREST CAChE) team is monitoring the algae’s tracks using data buoys.

Bradley Schonhoff, Program Manager of CREST CAChE, spoke to Environmental Monitor about their innovative projects.

The team has deployed three buoys across South Florida which monitor water quality through regular measurements. At the same time the buoys record directional flow rates, to get a sense of where potential outbreaks may be coming from and where they may be headed, as frequently as every five minutes.

Tools like the data buoys are crucial to researchers tackling this complex issue and developing the necessary solutions to address this challenge. To find out more on what they’re doing next, visit their website.

This article first appeared in Environmental Monitor on March 27, 2019.