Lake Erie HAB Tracker
How to Read the Forecast
The color scale used on this animated map shows the predicted amount of chlorophyll in the water, which is an indicator of the presence of algae and the severity of HABs. Blue shades indicate less algae and red shades indicate higher algae. Chlorophyll is a pigment that allows algae (and all plants) to convert sunlight to energy via photosynthesis. A similar forecast for HAB toxins is currently under development.
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