The North Central Region Algal Bloom Action Team was formed in 2018 to and is comprised of representatives from Extension and the Water Resources Research Institutes at each of the land-grant universities within the North Central Region. Collectively, the team is working to make emergent HAB research accessible to agriculture and natural resource educators across the region. As a part of this work, the team is once again hosting a Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Research Symposium!
January 6-7, 2022, the Algal Bloom Action Team hosted a free Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Research Symposium. Last year’s event brought together over 890 educators and researchers from across the US to hear the latest HAB research and discussed ongoing outreach efforts.
This year’s symposium featured emergent harmful algal bloom (HAB) research and provided a venue for moderated discussions regarding HAB research, outreach, and how information dissemination can be improved.
- Session 1: HAB Monitoring and Ecology – View the Recording
- Session 2: Cyanotoxin Treatment and Detection – View the Recording
- Session 3: Forecasting and Modeling HABs – View the Recording
- Large Scale Season-Ahead Forecasting of Algae Abundance in Inland Lakes
- The Effect of Local Physical Lake Conditions on the Vertical Heterogeneity of
Cyanobacteria and Microcystin in Stratified Eutrophic Lakes
- Utilizing High-Frequency Water Quality Observations to Understand Physical Mixing Controls of CyanoHABs in Inland Discontinuous Polymictic Aquatic Systems
- Spatio-temporal Characterization of a Complete Algal Bloom Event using
Fluorescence Spectroscopy in Tandem with Conventional Physio-Chemical Methods
- Session 4: Emerging Technology for Detecting and Monitoring HABs – View the Recording
- Real-Time HAB Monitoring via Artificial Intelligence Enhanced Digital Microscopy
- Harmful Algal Bloom and Nutrient Monitoring and Modeling Using Unmanned
- Rapid Testing Technique for Microcystin and Cylindrospermopsin
- Rapid, Portable, Multiplexed Detection of Harmful Algal Toxins in the Great Lakes
Please note, sponsorship does not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Algal Bloom Action Team of any of the products, services or opinions.
The Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium is a partnership between national network of Water Resources Research Institutes (WRRI), the North Central Region Water Network and Cooperative Extensions within each state in the North Central Region.
Algal Bloom Action Team Webinar Series
The Algal Bloom Action Team is hosting a webinar series as a follow-up to January’s virtual symposium highlighting the latest HAB research. Webinar’s will be held bimonthly with the first webinar taking place next week on Wednesday, March 3rd. Presentations will last approximately 25 minutes with time for discussion at the conclusion of the session. This event is hosted by the North Central Region Water Network and recordings can be found by visiting our YouTube channel.
Most Recent Webinar
Complexities in Predicting Harmful Algal Blooms
Wednesday, November 3rd at 11AM – Watch the Recording
Predicting when and where conditions are ripe for harmful algal blooms would ideally reduce the bloom’s impact on water quality and mitigation costs, so why is harmful algal bloom prediction so complex?
This webinar features Justin Chaffin, Senior Researcher and Research Coordinator at Ohio State University and Stone Laboratory and Katie Foreman, Physical Scientist at the US EPA, who discuss their research on the ecology and physiology of harmful algal blooms and how this work can be used to help solve the prediction puzzle!
You can view the presentation slides here.
You can also view the recording of our March, May and July webinars on our YouTube page.
Algal Bloom Action Team Educational Resources
- Frequently Asked Harmful Algal Bloom Questions
in the fall of 2020 the team created a database of Frequently Asked Questions or FAQs surrounding HABS. These questions cover identifying, monitoring and treating HABS, human health and HABS, and animal health and HABS. This resource can be used directly by communities and landowners, incorporated into state-based outreach materials, or used as a reference in educational programming. Access the FAQ here
- Harmful Algal Blooms – What You Should know
This factsheet covers general harmful algal bloom information and is intended for educators to use when conducting HAB outreach and education. It can also be shared with fellow educators and community organizers as it shares key HAB messages for engaged citizens, professionals and the general public. Access the factsheet here.
- Harmful Algal Blooms – Prevention and Treatment for Landowners
This factsheet outlines what landowners can do to prevent harmful algal bloom on their property and how to approach treating blooms when they do occur. Access the factsheet here.
The team is working on creating additional factsheets addressing human health, animal health and more.
Other Harmful Algal Bloom Resources to Note
In addition to the resources from our team, we want to make you aware of other harmful algal bloom resources which can be helpful to when conducting HAB outreach and education.
- For additional algal bloom factsheets and resources, explore the Great Lakes HABs Collaborative.
- The Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council recently released their Strategies for Preventing and Managing Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms Report which highlights ways to respond and manage cyanobacteria blooms. The ITRC report also has a Visual Guide to Common Harmful Cyanobacteria as an appendix to the report which includes field and microscopic images on planktonic cyanobacteria and non-toxic surface and subsurface accumulations.
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently created communication materials to increase the public’s awareness of HABs and cyanobacteria as a public health concern. In particular, the following health promotion materials may be of interest to educators and outreach professionals
- Animal Safety Alert Poster, also available in Spanish
- Cyanobacterial Blooms: Information for Healthcare Providers, also available in Spanish
- Cyanobacterial Blooms: Information for Pet Owners, also available in Spanish
- Cyanobacterial Blooms: Information for Veterinarians, also available in Spanish
Also, The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is seeking a postdoctoral fellowship to focus on Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics and Toxins. More information here.
Iowa Water Center
A factsheet on this project can be found here.