NOAA, Mote Marine Laboratory Partner to Improve Detection of Harmful Algal Blooms
NOAA and Mote Marine Laboratory of Sarasota, Fla., have signed a three-year $364,000 contract to partner in the monitoring and detection of harmful algal blooms (HAB) using newly developed underwater technology that should provide earlier warning of HAB events along Florida ‘s Gulf coast.
NOAA currently operates an existing Operational Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast System for the Gulf of Mexico, run by the agency’s Center of Operational Oceanographic Products and Services. This forecast system provides HAB detection information to coastal managers and public health officials twice weekly. The improved HAB forecasting ability is an example of the benefits that can be derived from an Integrated Ocean Observing System, an effort in which NOAA is taking a leadership development role.