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Mercy Borbor-Cordova Portafolio
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Harmful Algae Blooms in the Eastern Pacific

Ocean climate drivers and phytoplankton life strategies interact in a complex dynamic to
produce harmful algal blooms (HABs). This study aims to integrate historical biological
data collected during “red tide” events along the Ecuadorian coast between 1997 and
2017 in relation to five ocean variables derived from satellite remote sensing data to
explain the seasonal drivers of coastal processes associated with HABs dynamics.
Seasonality of the occurrence of HABs was assessed in relation to oceanographic
variables by applying multiple correspondence analysis (MCA) to the Ecuadorian central
coast (Zone 1) and at the outer and inner Gulf of Guayaquil (Zone 2). Sixty-seven
HABs events were registered between 1997 and 2017.
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