Table 7. Preliminary HABs Priorities: Recommended Actions* for Monitoring and Forecasting HABs.
New priorities are being developed as the HABs Observing System Plan is prepared.
 
Functional Category Description Status
Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System (HABSOS) Internet-based data communications and management system for accessing and disseminating data and information for HAB management. Pilot project for FL and TX progressing
NOAA HAB Bulletin For state managers to address the need for quick delivery of concise information on the location, intensity, and expected development and movement of blooms of Karenia brevis Operational
Ocean observations HAB monitoring can be improved by the incorporation of sentinel stations and of observing stations placed in strategic HAB areas and instrumented with additional detection sensors, and development of a plan for these stations is a high priority. The HAB community will also benefit from the contribution of additional observing stations to improve coastal ocean forecasts, the foundations for HAB forecasts. HABs Observing System Plan is under development. Following the November 2007 workshop, a Version 1 was released in July 2008 and is available on the GCOOS web site. However, it is really only a strategic plan. Two more workshops were scheduled to prepare an implementation plan which is expected in 2010.
Models A coordinated effort to identify the model or model output this needed and to address which models can be used in real time, near real time, or as forecasts is a high priority for developing an HAB forecast capability. No coordinated effort underway.
Standards and protocols The establishment of standards and protocols for data collection procedures and for routine monitoring will facilitate data exchange and research across the U.S. and Mexican states.
Research and development Improvements to detection technologies to make HAB detection faster and simpler in the field is a high priority. R&D is underway to a limited extent; more is needed.

*based on the information from
http://gcoos.tamu.edu/documents/HAB_GCOOS_report.pdf and
http://gcoos.tamu.edu/documents/HABs_priorities.pdf

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