This prestigious award will support the team’s work to assess Climate and Hydrological Controls on Coastal Algal Blooms. The purpose of this research is to create a new ‘systems based’ paradigm, linking together these non-linear drivers, for predicting and understanding algal bloom occurrence.
Algal blooms create operational challenges for desalination facilities, including Poseidon’s Carlsbad Desalination Project located on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. The Carlsbad Desalination Plant is the largest desalination plant in the Nation and provides ten percent of the San Diego region’s water supply. Poseidon is proud to invite the team to the Carlsbad Seawater Desalination Plant to study the recurring algal blooms in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and near the Southern California Coast as the team begins developing their model. Poseidon believes that the impacts of this research has wide-ranging benefits across the U.S. and globally as an increasing number of communities look for ways to anticipate and better manage blooms affecting their marine environments, economies, and way of life.
Principal Investigator Dr. Michelle Newcomer is a Research Scientist in the Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is a member of the Watershed Function SFA 2.0Team and her research focuses on analyzing the effects of climate perturbations on hydrological and biogeochemical cycling in hyporheic zones and as a function of surface water-groundwater interactions.
Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Yiwei Cheng is a Research Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Yiwei’s research incorporates rapid integration and development of high performance model/apps, coupled with clean and clear visualization interfaces to solve problems in environmental and energy sectors.