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United Nations Agency Maps Out Next Steps on Harmful Algae Detection

As part of a formal agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science are providing guidance for developing strategies and recommendations for future technology transfer activities on harmful algal blooms at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Marine Environmental Laboratory in Monaco from 4-7 February 2013. By helping to build this capacity, NOAA contributes to the IAEA’s goal of enhancing peaceful uses of radioisotopes and aids UN Member States in ensuring a safe supply of seafood for both domestic and export markets, providing both public health and economic benefits to these countries.

During the upcoming meeting, Advisory Committee members will receive updates on regional technology transfer projects with NCCOS from representatives of African, Asia-Pacific, Gulf of Oman/Persian Gulf, and Latin America regions, as well as a summary of capacity building efforts in Latin America through the UN Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

Discussions will also focus on managing algal blooms in a changing environment and the potential impacts of ocean acidification, the socioeconomic effects of toxic algae, and how best to incorporate the use of nuclear technologies to understand how global climate change will affect this phenomenon.

The outcome of these discussions is expected to provide a roadmap for the IAEA’s future technical cooperation activities to assist with and strengthen sustainable use and management of marine ecosystems that are threatened on a global scale by harmful algal blooms.

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