Harmful Algal Bloom Research Symposium

The Algal Bloom Action Team is once again hosting their Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Research Symposium January 4-5, 2024.

This premier virtual event brings together over 800 water professionals from across the North Central Region to hear about the latest harmful algal bloom Research, discuss examples of effective bloom management, and learn about the latest technologies being used to tackle this global issue.

The 2024 Call for Abstracts is now available! See details here.

2024 Conference Agenda

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2023 Conference Agenda

Thursday, January 5, 2023
SESSION ONE: Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Forecasting

8:30 – 8:40 AM CT

8:40 – 9:20 AM CT

9:20 – 9:50 AM CT

9:50 – 10:20 AM CT

10:20 – 10:40 AM CT

10:40 – 11:10 AM CT

11:10 – 11:40 AM CT

11:40 AM – 1:10 PM CT

Welcome and Introduction

Keynote Presentation from Heather Raymond, Water Quality Initiative Director, The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences – View the Slides

Using Satellite-Derived Water Quality Data from an Automated High-Performance Computing Environment to Identify Lakes Prone to Cyanobacteria blooms – View the Slides

Remote sensing of water quality of Midwestern in-land waters – View the Slides


Multivariate Factors Assessment for Harmful Algae Bloom Formation

Chlorophyll-a Prediction as Index of Harmful Algal Blooms using a Deep Learning Model – View the Slides

Morning Break

SESSION TWO: Harmful Algal Bloom Detection and Treatment

1:00 – 1:05 PM CT

1:05 – 1:35 PM CT

1:35 – 2:05 PM CT

2:05 – 2:25 PM CT

2:25 – 2:55 PM CT

2:55 – 3:00 PM CT

Opening Comments and Introduction

Preventative and Early Intervention Applied Management Programs for Harmful Algal Blooms – View the Slides

A Review of Recent Studies of Microcystis Using FlowCam – View the Slides


Improving the Spatial and Temporal Monitoring of Harmful Algal Blooms in Midwest Lakes using a UAV Remote Sensing Approach – View the Slides

Closing Comments

Friday, January 6, 2023
SESSION THREE: Ecology and Human Health

8:30 – 8:40 AM CT

8:40 – 9:10 AM CT

9:10 – 9:40 AM CT

9:40 – 10:10 AM CT

10:10 – 10:30 AM CT

Opening Comments and Introduction

Gaining Perspective on Harmful Algal Blooms in Rivers – View the Slides

Health-Environment Risks: A Comparison of Fishing Community and Expert Perceptions of Cyanobacterial Blooms – View the Slides

Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms: A Public Health Issue – View the Slides


SESSION FOUR: Case Studies

10:30 – 11:00 AM CT

11:00 – 11:30 AM CT

11:30 – 12:00 PM CT

12:00 PM CT

Utilizing the SWAT Model & Machine Learning for Predicting Microcystin & Geosmin occurrence in Cheney Reservoir – View the Slides

The Great Lakes HABs Collaborative – Linking Science and Management to Reduce Blooms – View the Slides

Smart Lake Erie Watershed Initiative: Enhancing the Region’s Real-Time Monitoring Capabilities – View the Slides


Looking for recordings of our past symposiums? Check out our YouTube Channel.