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A Milestone in Monitoring HABs in the Gulf of Maine

Published on: 07/13/2023
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A milestone in monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms in the Gulf of Maine: Dr. Mike Brosnahan & his team at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have successfully deployed a SeaTrac autonomous solar boat carrying an Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) phytoplankton sensor off the Isles of Shoals in New Hampshire.

The IFCB can continuously record and classify microscope images of individual algal cells, allowing for detection of HAB species. Installing the instrument on an autonomous vessel allows scientists to operate IFCBs far from shore and at relatively low cost compared to more traditional mooring-type installations.

This deployment is part of ongoing efforts sponsored by NCCOS and U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System programs to establish a national HAB observing system.

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