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26 August 2004 An information system to reduce the effects of red tides in the Galician Rias
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Proceedings Volume 5566, Optical Security and Safety; (2004)
Event: Optical Security and Safety, 2003, Warsaw, Poland
In the Galician Rias (north west of the Iberian Peninsula), the culture of mussels is threatened by populations of toxic phytoplankton that are advected from the continental platform and bloom onto the coast. This produces important losses to the harvesting shellfish sector. The study of the environmental conditions and its correlation with the blooms onset has led to the development of an Early Warning System that is to be operative in the near future. To contribute to the Early Warning System, an Information System for Decision Support has been developed using environmental field and remote sensing data. Field data have been analyzed with a customized GIS and related to remote sensing data to feed a Knowledge Based System, which analyzed all the information and produced a positive index of bloom ocurrence some weeks before the bloom beginning.
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I. Sordo Touza, J. E. Arias Rodriguez, J. Varela Pet, and J. del Rio Cumbreno "An information system to reduce the effects of red tides in the Galician Rias", Proc. SPIE 5566, Optical Security and Safety, (26 August 2004);

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