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2006 Summer American Society for Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). Session TSE03: "Detecting and Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms"

ASLO logo 2006June 4-9, 2006

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The NOAA/NOS/NCCOS Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR) is co-chairing the special session TS-E03: “Detecting and Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms”. CSCOR Director, Robert Magnien, co-chairs the session with Vera Trainer, NOAA, and Gregory Boyer of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The topical session will examine progress and plans for the diversity of Harmful Algal Bloom detection, observing, and forecasting systems that are being developed for oceanic, coastal, estuarine and Great Lake regions. A more detailed session description follows:

TS-E03 - Detection and Forecasting of Harmful Algal Blooms

Algal blooms with serious public health, economic, and living resource impacts are occurring with increasing frequency throughout the world's coastal regions. A growing understanding of the processes leading to these blooms, new technologies and observing systems for detecting blooms or their initiating conditions, and the growing sophistication of mathematical models, are being combined to provide harmful algal bloom (HAB) forecasting capabilities. When run in near real-time, these improved detection capabilities and forecasts can safeguard public health and economic interests (e.g. aquaculture), and allow more strategic, efficient, and proactive responses by resource managers. Longer time scales of forecasting can provide the understanding needed by coastal managers to evaluate alternative strategies to prevent or mitigate HAB impacts. This session will examine progress and plans for the diversity of HAB detection, observing, and forecasting systems that are being developed for oceanic, coastal, estuarine and Great Lake regions.

The abstract deadline is January 20, 2006. The “Call for Papers” can be accessed at: http://www.aslo.org/meetings/victoria2006/files/aslo_2006vic_cfp.pdf. Those interested in contributing papers to this session must write TS-03 as the “session topic code”.

For questions or more information on this topical session, please feel free to contact Rob Magnien (, 301-713-3338 x159), Vera Trainer (), or Gregory Boyer () For information on the meeting, please visit the meeting website at: http://www.aslo.org/meetings/victoria2006/