Scientist invited to join the working group on “Land-based Nutrient Pollution and the Relationship to Harmful Algal Blooms in Coastal Marine Systems”
The co-chairs of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) project working group on Land-based Nutrient Pollution and the Relationship to Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) in Coastal Marine Systems have invited a National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science scientist to join as an associate member. The working group is focused on integrating existing Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission HAB and nutrient loading databases into a compatible GIS format, using the databases to examine relationships between HAB species, nutrient loading/forms/ratios, and coastal typology. They are also developing predictive capabilities from potential relationships to examine possible changes in HAB occurrences and global nutrient export patterns under the Millennium Assessment scenarios for 2030. The overall intent is to provide the scientific basis for management of HABs. Results of the working group analyses will be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and will include manuscripts describing; the global perspective on HABs, regional highlights and individual case studies. The first meeting of the group will be held at the LOICZ International Project Office in Geesthacht, Germany on July 28-31, 2008. The Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences will be one of the co-sponsors.