Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Bloom
Project DescriptionECOHAB is a multi-agency partnership between NOAA' s Center for Sponsored
Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR) and the National Science Foundation, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
and the Office of Naval Research. Through a combination of long-term regional
studies and short-term targeted studies, ECOHAB seeks to produce new,
state-of-the-art detection methodologies for HABs and their toxins, to
understand the causes and dynamics of HABs, to develop forecasts of HAB growth,
transport, and toxicity, and to predict and ameliorate impacts on higher
trophic levels and humans. Research results will be used to guide management of
coastal resources to reduce HAB development, impacts, and future threats.
Projects selected for support must successfully compete in a rigorous external,
peer-review process that ensures a high-level of scientific merit. Projects
include a mix of investigators from academic, state, Federal (including NOAA
Ocean Service), and non-profit institutions.
In its simplest form, the goal of the ECOHAB program is to develop an
understanding of the population dynamics and trophic impacts of harmful algal
species which can be used as a basis for minimizing adverse effects on the
economy, public health, and marine ecosystems.
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