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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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NCCOS Supports Algal Toxin Testing in El Salvador

The Marine Toxin Laboratory at the University of El Salvador (LABTOX-UES), supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is undergoing the national accreditation process for the analysis of saxitoxin, a marine toxin generated by some harmful algae blooms that builds up in shellfish. Consumption of contaminated shellfish can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The […]

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New Technology Documents Rapid Phytoplankton Response to Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

A scientific study funded by NCCOS’ ECOHAB program, shows phytoplankton community structure changing rapidly, often by the hour, as tropical cyclones pass by. A revolutionary sampling instrument, the Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) allows hourly real-time continuous observation of phytoplankton changes. Over time the IFCB provides an extraordinary view of phytoplankton community structure. Prior studies of phytoplankton responses to […]

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The Future of Algae Bloom Monitoring Technology

Technology developed with NCCOS funding is rapidly advancing harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring capabilities nationwide. These cutting edge detection tools are now commercially available and transitioning them to sustained management operations is the new norm. Recently a U. S. National Park Service (NPS) funded study benefited from the use of the NCCOS-developed “underwater microscope” Imaging […]

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NCCOS Prepares Toxin Sensor for Deployment in Puget Sound, WA

NCCOS scientist, Tina Mikulski, completed critical calibration of the domoic acid (DA) toxin sensor on an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) platform located at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) in Seattle, Washington. This ESP (referred to as ‘ESPfriday’) will be deployed for the first time in Puget Sound beginning in early August and will generate autonomous, […]

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Expanding Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring in Western Lake Erie

The NCCOS Phytoplankton Monitoring Network, established to monitor phytoplankton and harmful algal blooms (HABs), is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to expand into the Western Basin of Lake Erie.  Monitoring stations were selected with input from NOAA’s Ecological Forecasting Services to provide strategic sites to support the NCCOS Lake Erie Experimental Forecast. Recently, the […]

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Association of Marine Lab Conference Features Caribbean Ciguatera Research

To raise awareness about a resurgence of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) in the Caribbean and the current state of ciguatera research, NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) led a special session on ciguatera at the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean 37th Scientific Conference in Willemstad, Curaçao, during the week of May […]

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Sensor Provides Early Warning of Toxic Algal Bloom in Offshore Waters of Monterey Bay

NCCOS-developed domoic acid sensors on board two Environmental Sample Processors (ESPs) deployed in Monterey Bay, California have provided early warning of a toxic Pseudo-nitzschia algal bloom. Only a week into the deployment that began in early May, particulate domoic acid levels exceeded 30 micrograms per liter of seawater, which was consistent with the ESPs also detecting very high concentrations […]

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