Assistant Professor Hyeok Choi of the University of Texas at Arlington received a three-year, $561,730 grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation to search for and identify dangerous algal blooms in fresh and salt water for the direct benefit of water providers with a duty to keep the growth rates safely under control.
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“We will use satellite information to identify the best demonstration site where our sensors can be installed,” said Choi, who is in the Civil Engineering Department. “These sensors will be able to read the microcystins or biological toxins wirelessly, then report back to us.”
These sensors’ findings will be especially useful in developing countries. According to Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the UT Arlington College of Engineering, Professor Choi’s work will be able to minimize the risks of those living in third-world countries of being exposed to water sources with harmful toxins.
“Monitoring general algal bloom activities gives an idea on potential hazard while monitoring actual biological toxins gives an insight on imminent hazard,” Bardet said. “This innovation has the potential to aid anyone who uses water.”
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