Harmful Algal Bloom

Project Description
Concerns about harmful algal blooms (HAB) have increased over the last
decade largely because of the perceived increase in the number and
duration of events. The toxins produced by these species cause finfish
and shellfish poisoning, and mortality of marine animals, including
mammals and birds.

Advance warning of HABs increases the options for managing these
events. The HAB Project develops and supports systems that provide
information on the location and extent of red tide blooms in the Gulf
of Mexico. The Experimental HAB bulletin alerts subscribers to
developing blooms and changes in the location and extent of existing
blooms. The HAB Mapping System (HABMapS) provides the position of an
identified bloom and data from environmental conditions that may
affect the extent or position. Both tools rely on remote sensing
technology to provide the large spatial scale and high frequency of
observations required to assess bloom location and movements. These
tools can be used together to provide a regional perspective on HAB
events.

Additional information on HAB available at
http://www.csc.noaa.gov/crs/habf/index.html

Additional information on the HAB Mapping System available at
http://www.csc.noaa.gov/crs/habf/habmaps.html#SST

[Summary provided by NOAA]