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Assessment of clustering algorithms in discriminating eutrophic levels in coastal waters

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359 - 365

Primpas I., Karydis M.and Tsirtsis G.
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Cluster analysis has been used widely as a tool for assessing eutrophic trends in coastal waters.
The efficiency of clustering in discriminating between oligotrophic, mesotrophic and eutropic sites,
depends on the variables used, the distance measure and the clustering algorithm applied. In the
present work seven clustering algorithms were evaluated using sets of data from sampling sites of
known water type. The results showed that only the Ward’s algorithm had high resolution in
discriminating sampling sites of different trophic status. The remaining clustering algorithms did not
show remarkable resolution in classifying different water types. The use of the Ward clustering
algorithm is recommended in eutrophication studies where discrete clusters of oligotrophic,
mesotrophic and eutrophic water type are under investigation.

Eutrophication, Eutrophication assessment, Cluster analysis, Marine Pollution