A satellite image displaying chlorophyll fluorescence as an indication of phytoplankton biomass. Areas of high fluorescence (yellow to red) mark areas where red tide symptoms were observed (11/14/2007).
Foam associated with the red tide event in Monterey Bay (11/11/2007).
WHAT IS HABMAP?
California Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Alert Program (HABMAP) is an effort initiated by National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Ocean Science Trust (CA OST), and the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) to develop a state-wide Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) alert network system for researchers and end user committees.
'The Regional Workshop on HABs in California Coastal Waters' was held April 2-3, 2008 in Costa Mesa, CA to kickoff HABMAP discussions (pdf report). Participants in the workshop agreed that the development of an integrated statewide HAB alert network would be of value to both researchers and end user committees. This effort is now referred to as HABMAP.
The leading agency for HABMAP is SCCWRP (Steve Weisberg; firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Role of CeNCOOS
The California Ocean Protection Council would like to see HABMAP connect with the two ocean observing systems in California: Southern California (SCCOOS) and Central and Northern (CeNCOOS).
In response, CeNCOOS held a workshop on August 18, 2008 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to discuss potential contributions and collaborations from this region (view notes).
A second workshop organized by SCCWRP was held on July 22nd in Costa Mesa, CA. View the Workshop Report. Goals for this workshop were to:
- Enhance communication between HAB researchers and those impacted by HABs.
- Determine which HABMAP efforts have been useful and which have not.
- Identify the information that is most importance to each participant.
- Identify what information each participant can share and in what time frame.
- Identify the best mechanism(s) for sharing information/data.
- Create a list of primary contacts for use when an event may be developing.
- Summarize the impact of HABs on groups represented in workshop.
In the CeNCOOS region we will utilize HAB information from 6 regional pier stations:
- San Luis Obispo/Morro Bay (Mark Moline/CalPOLY)
- Monterey Wharf (Jason Smith/ACT)
- Santa Cruz Wharf (Raphe Kudela/UCSC)
- Bodega Bay (John Largier/UC Davis)
- Tiburon William (Cochlan/SFSU/RTC)
- Humboldt Bay (Frank Shaughnessy/HSU)
CeNCOOS region stations sample the same parameters as pier stations in the SCCOOS region including:
1) Specimens for HAB taxonomy
1. Pseudo-nitzschia spp.
2. Alexandrium sp.
3. Cochlodinium spp.
4. Lingulodinium polyedra
5. Prorocentrum spp.
6. Dinophysis spp.
7. Heterosigma spp.
8. Akashiwo sanguineum
9. Phaeocytis sp.
2) DA concentrations in plankton sections
3) Primary inorganic nutrients: nitrate, nitrite, phosphate, silicate
4) Extracted chlorophyll concentration in plankton sections
5) Temperature, salinity
ADDITIONALLY we plan to add sensors at CeNCOOS region piers to sample:
3) Dissolved Oxgen
The Fall 2010 CeNCOOS proposal to NOAA asks for the funds necessary to expand and automate these pier stations to sample HABs.
DOCUMENTS FROM AUGUST 18th Meeting:
CeNCOOS HABMAP meeting notes (Word doc)
NOAA August 08 Workshop Notes (pdf)
HABMAP Presentation: Meredith Howard (ppt presentation)
Slides from Raphe Kudela (ppt slides)
SCCOOS efforts for HABMAP: Dave Caron (ppt presentation)
View CIMT Fact Sheet 'Harmful Algal Blooms' pdf here
View the UCSC Phytoplankton Identification Guide
View the UCSC Santa Cruz and Monterey Wharf Plankton Weekly sampling blog here
For more information contact CeNCOOS (CeNCOOS_Communications@mbari.org).