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Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Forecasting

Our offshore HAB forecasts notify coastal managers before blooms reach the coast. Our forecasts identify harmful blooms, location, size and trajectory. Our early warnings provide health officials, managers and water ...

Implementation of an Operational Model for Predict...

Earlier NOAA-funded research developed models to predict blooms of toxic Alexandrium fundyense. Toxins accumulate in shellfish, causing illness in human consumers, so states must monitor shellfish and ban harvesting when ...

Implementing Karenia brevis Respiratory Risk For...

This project will establish a network that incorporates state monitoring partners and citizen scientists to show that the HABscope-based forecast system can provide robust, timely and useful bloom locations and ...

Interannual Variability of PSP Toxicity in Eastern...

The Gulf of Maine is impacted annually by Alexandrium fundyense blooms which can result in paralytic shellfish poisoning. Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) leads to significant economic impacts. The paralytic shellfish ...

Mechanism of Harmful Algal Bloom Initiation in the...

Blooms of the toxic dinoflagellate, Karenia brevis, threaten human and ecosystem health and local economies around the Gulf of Mexico. Although the blooms mostly prevail on the west coast of ...

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Publication Provides Guidance on Implementing Earl...

An international team of researchers and managers that includes NCCOS scientists published technical guidance to help improve harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring and forecasting around the globe. The document provides ...

2022 Lake Erie Algal Bloom More Severe than Predic...

Bloom severity index (SI) for 2002-2022. The SI is based on the amount of biomass over the peak 30-days. The 2022 bloom had a severity of 6.8. October marked the ...

NCCOS Assists Response to Harmful Algal Bloom in t...

Dead sturgeon observed floating during USGS field sampling in South Bay. NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) provided a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Event Response award of $15,420 ...

Smaller Harmful Algal Bloom Predicted for Western ...

Bloom severity index for 2002–2021, and the forecast for 2022. The index is based on the amount of biomass over the peak 30-days. NOAA and its research partners are forecasting ...

NOAA Predicts a Smaller than Average Algal Bloom f...

Blooms with a severity index above 5 generally pose greater risk to drinking water and recreation in Lake Erie, but the impact of a bloom also depends on its location, ...

Low to Moderate Red Tide Bloom Predicted for Gulf ...

Researchers with NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) are expecting a low to moderate red tide for the Gulf of Maine this spring and summer, continuing the pattern ...

Historical Data Used to Analyze Red Tide Bloom Dyn...

Map of the study area. Nearly all annual blooms of the red tide-forming, toxic dinoflagellate Karenia brevis (K. brevis) pose a serious threat to coastal Southwest Florida. New research developed ...

2021 Lake Erie Algal Bloom More Severe than Predic...

Peak Microcystis cyanobacteria bloom biomass in western Lake Erie (Aug 30-Sep 08, 2021). The images used data derived from the Copernicus Sentinel-3 mission provided by EUMETSAT. Blue indicates low concentrations ...

Smaller Harmful Algal Bloom Predicted for Western ...

A boat cuts through an algal bloom in Saginaw Bay, as seen by aircraft during a flyover in summer of 2019. This airborne campaign is ongoing in conjunction with NOAA ...

NOAA Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Pr...

Western Lake Erie is expected to experience a lower than average harmful algal bloom (HAB) this summer, according to the first 2021 Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Projection ...

Products

Maps, Tools & Applications

NCCOS developed the Algal Bloom Monitoring System to routinely deliver near real-time products for use in locating, monitoring and quantifying algal blooms in coastal and lake regions of the US. This application delivers a suite of bloom detection products in the form of geographic based images. At this time products are available for selected regions. New products are being evaluated, and new regions are being considered; as they are proven useful, they will be made available through this system.

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NCCOS developed the Algal Bloom Monitoring System to routinely deliver near real-time products for use in locating, monitoring and quantifying algal blooms in coastal and lake regions of the US. This application delivers a suite of bloom detection products in the form of geographic based images. At this time products are available for selected regions. New products are being evaluated, and new regions are being considered; as they are proven useful, they will be made available through this system.

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NCCOS developed the Algal Bloom Monitoring System to routinely deliver near real-time products for use in locating, monitoring and quantifying algal blooms in coastal and lake regions of the US. This application delivers a suite of bloom detection products in the form of geographic based images. At this time products are available for selected regions. New products are being evaluated, and new regions are being considered; as they are proven useful, they will be made available through this system.

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NCCOS developed the Algal Bloom Monitoring System to routinely deliver near real-time products for use in locating, monitoring and quantifying algal blooms in coastal and lake regions of the US. This application delivers a suite of bloom detection products in the form of geographic based images. At this time products are available for selected regions. New products are being evaluated, and new regions are being considered; as they are proven useful, they will be made available through this system.

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NCCOS developed the Algal Bloom Monitoring System to routinely deliver near real-time products for use in locating, monitoring and quantifying algal blooms in coastal and lake regions of the US. This application delivers a suite of bloom detection products in the form of geographic based images. At this time products are available for selected regions. New products are being evaluated, and new regions are being considered; as they are proven useful, they will be made available through this system.

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NCCOS developed the Algal Bloom Monitoring System to routinely deliver near real-time products for use in locating, monitoring and quantifying algal blooms in coastal and lake regions of the US. This application delivers a suite of bloom detection products in the form of geographic based images. At this time products are available for selected regions. New products are being evaluated, and new regions are being considered; as they are proven useful, they will be made available through this system.

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NCCOS developed the Algal Bloom Monitoring System to routinely deliver near real-time products for use in locating, monitoring and quantifying algal blooms in coastal and lake regions of the US. This application delivers a suite of bloom detection products in the form of geographic based images. At this time products are available for selected regions. New products are being evaluated, and new regions are being considered; as they are proven useful, they will be made available through this system.

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Harmful algal blooms (HABs), sometimes known as "red tide", occur when certain kinds of algae grow very quickly, forming patches, or "blooms", in the water. These blooms can emit powerful toxins which endanger human and animal health. NCCOS conducts and funds research that helps communities protect the public and combat blooms in cost-effective ways, and we are breaking new ground in the science of stopping blooms before they occur.
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NCCOS developed the Algal Bloom Monitoring System to routinely deliver near real-time products for use in locating, monitoring and quantifying algal blooms in coastal and lake regions of the US. This application delivers a suite of bloom detection products in the form of geographic based images. At this time products are available for selected regions. New products are being evaluated, and new regions are being considered; as they are proven useful, they will be made available through this system.

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Data & Publications

Characterization and Monitoring of Temperature, Chlorophyll, and Light Availability Patterns in National Marine Sanctuary Waters: Final Report

This project provides a framework for developing the capabilities of using satellite and related oceanographic and climatological data to improve environmental monitoring and characterization of physical, biological, and water quality parameters in the National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS). The project sought ...

Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting Branch Ocean Color Satellite Imagery Processing Guidelines

The Harmful Algal Bloom - Forecasting Branch (HAB-FB) is a research group within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) tasked with forecasting and monitoring HABs. One of the more effective ways to ...

General Pages

2017 Archive

Harmful Algal Bloom ForecastsResults here represent model solutions initiated from a cyst abundance map from November 2016, with germination, growth, and transport of Alexandrium fundyense cells driven by the factors ...

2018 Archive

Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasts Results here represent model solutions initiated from a cyst abundance map from February 2018, with germination, growth, and transport of Alexandrium catenella cells driven by the ...

2019 Archive

Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasts Results here represent model solutions initiated from a cyst abundance map from February 2019, with germination, growth, and transport of Alexandrium catenella cells driven by the ...

2020 Archive

Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasts Results here represent model solutions initiated from a cyst abundance map from October 2019, with germination, growth, and transport of Alexandrium catenella cells driven by the ...

2021 Archive

Harmful Algal Bloom ForecastsResults here represent model solutions initiated from a cyst abundance map from October 2020, with germination, growth, and transport of Alexandrium catenella cells driven by the factors ...

2022 Archive

Harmful Algal Bloom ForecastsResults here represent model solutions initiated from a cyst abundance map from October 2021, with germination, growth, and transport of Alexandrium catenella cells driven by the factors ...

Bloom Position Forecast

These movies show the modeled bloom position from date of satellite imagery as of 2023-06-20 to a minimum of 96 hours from time of the model run, using water currents ...

Bulletin Update

Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring SystemThe imagery for the Lake Erie Bulletin is changing to a new color scale. This scale is more consistent in brightness, and follows from advances in ...

Cyanobacteria Algal Bloom from Satellite in Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, NC

Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring SystemImages last updated: 09/20/2022 Click the next and previous arrows to view the most recent 13 usable images from the last 14 days. (You may need ...

Cyanobacteria Algal Bloom from Satellite in Green Bay and Lake Winnebago, WI

Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring SystemImages last updated: 07/13/2024 Click the next and previous arrows to view the most recent 10 usable images from the last 14 days. (You may need ...
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