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Event Response Program

Event Response
We help state and local officials responding to algae blooms by providing them access to tissue toxin analysis, training, or technical assistance; even funds to deploy ships for offshore sampling. (Photo credit: Judy Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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 HAB science;
  • 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

  1. Scientists or management officials can initiate requests for assistance by contacting the Program Co-managers identified below.
  2. To ensure a prompt reply click here to e-mail both Program Managers.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:
    • 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
  5. 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.

Past Efforts

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:

Contact Information

Quay Dortch
ECOHAB Coordinator
Phone: (240) 533-0287
Marc Suddleson
MERHAB manager
Phone: (240) 533-0305

To ensure a prompt reply to e-mail both Program Managers.