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PLENARY PAPERdoi:10.5270/OceanObs09.pp.36

Integration of Data for Nowcasting of Harmful Algal Blooms

Richard P. Stumpf(1), Vivi Fleming-Lehtinen(2), Edna GranÚli(3)

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Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a significant and potentially expanding problem around the world. Resource management and public health protection require sufficient information to reduce the impacts of HABs by response strategies and through warnings and advisories. To be effective, these programs can best be served by an integration of improved detection methods with both evolving monitoring systems and new communications capabilities. Data sets are typically collected from a variety of sources, these can be considered as several types: point data, such as water samples; transects, such as from shipboard continuous sampling; and synoptic, such as from satellite imagery. Generation of a field of the HAB distribution requires all of these sampling approaches. This means that the data sets need to be interpreted and analyzed with each other to create the field or distribution of the HAB. The HAB field is also a necessary input into models that forecast blooms. Several systems have developed strategies that demonstrate these approaches. These range from data sets collected at key sites, such as swimming beaches, to automated collection systems, to integration of interpreted satellite data. Improved data collection, particularly in speed and cost, will be one of the advances of the next few years. Methods to improve creation of the HAB field from the variety of data types will be necessary for routine nowcasting and forecasting of HABs.

1National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1305 East-West Highway, code N/SCI1, Silver Spring MD 20902, USA
2Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Mechelininkatu, 34a. P.O. Vox 140, FI-00251 Helsinki, Finland
3Marine Sciences Centre, University of Kalmar, SE-391 82 Kalmar, Sweden

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: Richard.stumpf@noaa.gov

This paper shall be cited as:

Stumpf, R., Fleming-Lehtinen, V. and GranÚli, E., (2010). "Integration of Data for Nowcasting of Harmful Algal Blooms" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 1), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.pp.36

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