Fitting the Gulf of Mexico Inside a Computer

ST. PETERSBURG - Mind Open Media's David Levin talks with C-IMAGE members Cameron Ainsworth, Jason Lenes, Michelle Masi and Brian Smith about building an Ecosystem Model of the Gulf of Mexico to describe how oil spills impact marine life. For more information, download the C-IMAGE's Podcast 4.

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What exactly is a red tide?

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Red tide is a common name for a phenomenon known as an algal bloom (large concentrations of aquatic microorganisms) when it is caused by a few species of dinoflagellates and the bloom takes on a red or brown color.

Dr. Jason Lenes, from The Collaboration for Prediction of Red tides (CPR) explains how a red tide forms. The Collaboration for Prediction of Red tides (CPR) a jointly funded project between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWC- FWRI) and the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science (USF-CMS). Their mission focuses on development of an automated, coupled physical-biological model capable of predicting and tracking the dominant Florida red tide species, Karenia brevis, within coastal waters of the southeastern United States. 

View interview below (5:48).