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Perspectives on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and the Cyberbiosecurity of Freshwater Systems

June 2019

David G. Schmale, Andrew P. Ault, Walid Saad, Durelle T. Scott


Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have been increasing in a recent trend in freshwater systems like the Great Lakes, likely because of higher temperatures and nutrient runoff. These HABs are extremely dangerous to human health, but also hard to detect. The article suggests that there’s a lot to be done to better understand how HABs can be detected, how they spread, and how waterways can be protected. According to the authors, this threat needs to be faced with advancements in technology that allows for better detection of HABs in order to better respond. Consequently, the reliance on technology to understand HABs means the technology must be protected from potential cyber-threats.

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Policy Implications

The health hazard implicates that this is a very important issue to areas with large freshwater bodies and in order to better prepare they must work to advance technology. This can protect from potential health consequences; as seen in the article that impacted Toledo, Ohio when their municipal water supply was contaminated. However, it is important to consider cyber-security in the case of technology advancements as well.

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