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NCCOS, Partners Prepare Harmful Algal Bloom Sensor for First-ever Deployment in Lake Erie

NCCOS scientists and their partners have completed technical preparations for the first deployment of an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) in the Great Lakes. The ESP—already in use on the U.S. East and West Coasts—is an autonomous, underwater robot that can detect harmful algal bloom cells and toxins in water samples that it collects and analyzes. […]

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NOAA Student Scholars Present Summer Research With NCCOS

Ten student undergraduate scholars, most with the NOAA Educational Partnership Program and Hollings Scholarship Program, are interning this summer with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Silver Spring, MD, Oxford, MD, Beaufort, NC, and Charleston, SC. Their internship programs culminated with presentations by each scholar of their summer research at the Science and […]

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Workshop Refines Requirements for Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast

The 2015 harmful algal bloom (HAB) in Lake Erie was the most severe in a century, affecting drinking water treatment and recreation on Lake Erie. For the eighth year, NOAA provided Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Health, water treatment managers, and Ohio Sea Grant information on the extent and potential trajectory of the bloom, allowing […]

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New York Rapid Response Lab is a Valuable Tool in Mitigating HABs

Professor Greg Boyer, with the algal toxins laboratory at the Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York (SUNY-ESF) continues to demonstrate a valuable capacity for the state’s monitoring of a suite of toxins produced by cyanobacteria blooms known to have human health implications. This monitoring is necessary for rapid response to toxic […]

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Potential Impacts of Asian Carp in Lake Erie

As the invasive Asian Carp move up the Illinois River threatening the Great Lakes, managers and policy makers struggle with the question of what impact the invasive fish will have on those ecosystems. To understand the potential effects, a team of academic and agency researchers supported by National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science predicted how Lake Erie’s food web could […]

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Study Supports EPA to Control Both Nitrogen and Phosphorus in Freshwaters

One of the most common bloom-forming cyanobacteria (blue green algae) in freshwater ecosystems is Microcystis, which produces the liver toxin microcystin. Like many cyanobacteria, blooms of Microcystis are associated with higher temperatures and the availability of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). Many freshwater ecosystems are P-limited, meaning P plays the key role in the occurrence of most cyanobacteria blooms, […]

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‘Smartphone Microscopes’ Help Provide Early Warning of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

Citizen scientists are using “smartphone microscopes” to identify harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The NCCOS Phytoplankton Monitoring Network, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, supplied volunteers in Western Lake Erie with the new generation of “smart” microscopes, which have built-in tablets. Each smartphone tablet is pre-loaded by NCCOS scientists with “Phyto”—an application that […]

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