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Enhancing Third-generation Environmental Sample Pr...

Monitoring the increase in cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (HABs) in nearshore environments is challenging. Recent development of a long-range autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with a third-generation Environmental Sample Processor ...
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Portable Toxin Detection Technology to Support Gre...

This project improves the rapid detection of cyanotoxins in the field to provide managers with timely information on risk and minimize exposure to stakeholders. The team will pilot use of ...
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Rapid, Portable, Multiplexed Detection of Harmful ...

We are expanding algal toxin testing to include tests for saxitoxins and anatoxin-a. The new tool will give water managers and community-based monitoring networks the ability to rapidly quantify these ...
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Using Microcystin-degrading Bacteria and their Enz...

We will assess the potential that algal toxin–degrading bacteria have to degrade toxins from water treatment facilities. Why We Care Harmful algal blooms (HABs) occur in eutrophic waters across the ...
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Lake Erie Eutrophication Exacerbated by Release of...

Lake Erie not only experiences eutrophication caused by runoff-laden phosphorus (P), but also by internal P loading caused by recycling of “legacy” P stored in bottom sediments. This phenomenon was ...
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First Real-time Toxicity Assessment of Lake Erie A...

Preparing the 3G-ESP for use on the Long-Range Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (LRAUV). Top left: NCCOS scientist inspects custom-fabricated microcystin sensor chip at Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina. Top ...
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NOAA Ecological Forecast Helps Solve Mystery in La...

Residents of several northeast Ohio Lake Erie towns were surprised by a strong, foul smell during the first days of September. The residents, fearing a dangerous gas leak, called their ...
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Single-day Intensive Sampling Quantifies Algal Tox...

NCCOS-sponsored researchers and their partners conducted one-day intensive water sampling events in 2018 and 2019 to create high spatial resolution snapshots of the amount and locations of cyanobacterial toxins across ...
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NCCOS Expands Monitoring of More Lakes, Coastal Ba...

With harmful algal blooms (HABs) occurring in the nation’s lakes, bays and sounds, NCCOS is expanding HAB monitoring and forecasting to these smaller water bodies which can be resolved by ...
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Potential Effects of Bigheaded Carps on Four Great...

A NCCOS study, co-sponsored with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, used an ecosystem model to evaluate the potential risk of two species of highly invasive bigheaded carp fish (a type ...
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NOAA Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Pr...

Western Lake Erie is expected to experience a lower than average harmful algal bloom (HAB) this summer, according to the first 2021 Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Early Season Projection ...
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Comparing Saginaw Bay and Western Lake Erie for Ha...

MODIS satellite image (undated) of Lake Huron/Saginaw Bay and the Western Lake Erie basin showing cyanobacterial blooms (greenish areas), Credit NASA. Scientists from NCCOS and the University of Maryland collaborated ...
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2020 Lake Erie Algal Bloom was Mild, as Predicted ...

Truecolor image of the Microcystis cyanobacteria bloom in western Lake Erie on August 22, 2020, produced using data derived from Copernicus Sentinel-3 data provided by EUMETSAT. October marked the end ...
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Lake Erie Hypoxia Forecast Helps Treatment Plant O...

Low dissolved oxygen (hypoxia) in a water body can certainly harm aquatic life, but it can also create problems for water treatment plant operators. Personnel have to respond quickly when ...
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HAB Forecasts

Harmful Algal Bloom ForecastingOur HAB forecasts alert coastal managers to blooms before they cause serious damage. Short-term (once or twice weekly) forecasts identify which blooms are potentially harmful, where they ...
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