Event Response Program
The NCCOS Harmful Algal Bloom (
HAB) Event Response Program provides immediate assistance for managing events and advancing the understanding of HABs as they occur. Upon notification of an
event, we provide access to the best technology and expertise available, provide
supplemental financial support for investigating a unique event, and ensure proper
scientific documentation to add to the HAB knowledge base. Below is a list of past efforts supported by the NCCOS HAB Event Response Program.
Modest funding is available to help defray costs of immediate mobilization of sampling, supplies and analytical
services. Due to limited resources we prioritize three types of events:
- Appearance of species, toxicity, or harmful impacts that are unusual or unique for
a particular U.S. coastal region and pose threats to public health and/or economically
vital resources or that may lead to new discoveries in
- Sudden or unexplained mortalities of seabirds, fish, or marine mammals for which
a HAB linkage is suspected but that requires confirmation through additional sampling
or observations; and
- HAB events with major management or resource impacts for which additional data such
as the size or extent of the outbreak, causative species, hydrographic characteristics
of the associated water mass will be of use in subsequent management decisions.
This program is run in partnership with the U.S. National Office for Harmful Algal
Blooms at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
How to Apply for NCCOS HAB Event Response Funding
- Scientists or management officials can initiate requests for assistance by contacting the Program Co-managers identified below.
To ensure a prompt reply click here to e-mail both Program Managers.
- After an event is proposed to Program Managers, the U.S. National Office, and other members of the HAB community may be consulted as necessary to determine a recommended course of action.
- If the potential for support is determined, the applicant will be asked to submit a brief, formal request to the designated Program Manager. A formal request should include the following:
Requirements also include reporting to the designated Program manager: important preliminary results; completing a brief, written final report; acknowledging the Event Response Program in publications that result wholly or in part from NCCOS funding; and notifying the program about related publications.
- Description of the events/ impacts and need for urgency
- Intended response plan
CV for the Principal Investigator
- Listing of managers and researchers involved
- Explanation of assistance/ support needed
- Brief budget and budget justification if funds are requested
Supported by the NCCOS Harmful Algal Blooms Event Response Program:
Contact NCCOS HAB Event Response Co-managers for more information or to inquire about support:
To ensure a prompt reply to e-mail both Program Managers.