Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Preparedness & Response Workshop

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Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Preparedness & Response Workshop

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 to Wednesday, April 28, 2021
A Virtual Event


NOAA’s Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) and the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) will facilitate two half-day webinars on HAB preparedness and response capabilities and responsibilities across the federal government and state agencies. This workshop will provide a focused discussion to enhance preparedness across the Interagency Working Group on Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (IWG –HABHRCA) members and its partners. The goal of the workshop is to better understand the roles and responsibilities of HAB response agencies, the science and tools that help drive decision-making, their ability to assist states, and the importance of inter-agency coordination.


Proceedings of the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Preparedness & Response Virtual Workshop and Tabletop Exercise (released August 2021)


To better understand:

  • The roles and responsibilities of different Federal HAB response agencies
  • The science and tools that help drive decision-making
  • The importance of inter-agency coordination

Agenda: here>>

Poster Presentation

Title: Harmful Algal Bloom indicator estimation in small inland waterbodies: Remote sensing-based software tools to assist with USACE water quality monitoring

Authors: Molly Reif (molly.k.reif@usace.army.mil), Richard Johansen, Christina Saltus, and Erich Emery
Affiliation: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Title: NCCOS Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting Capabilities: Research to Operations

Authors: Kaytee Pokrzywinski Boyd (kaytee.boyd@noaa.gov) and Timothy Wynne
Affiliation: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, NOAA

 Title: NCCOS Harmful Algal Bloom Event Response Program

Authors: Mary Kate Rogener (marykate.rogener@noaa.gov)
Affiliation: NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Pre-Workshop Introductory HABs Videos

Many HABS Many Impacts (Marine), by Quay Dortch, Senior HAB Scientist, Competitive Research Program, NCCOS (~30 min)

Cyano HABS - Global Problem with Regional and Socio-Econominc Impacts (Freshwater), by Timothy Davis (~28 min)


Day 1 Presentations (pdf) large file of powerpoint presentations

A Video-Recording of Day 1 HAB Workshop (mp4)

Day 2 Presentations (pdf) large fileof powerpoint presentations

A Video-Recording of Day 2 HAB Workshop (mp4)

Other Resources of Interest:

Scottish Aquaculture Industry Warns About the Growing Risk of Harmful Algal Blooms, ECO Magazine (June 1, 2022)

Growing potential for toxic algal blooms in the Alaskan Arctic, Science Daily (Oct 5, 2021)

Artificial Intelligence Could Help Predict Harmful Algal Blooms, EcoMangazine (Sept, 2021)

Early Detection of Harmful Algal Blooms, EcoMagazine Autumn 2021

WHOI and NOAA Release Report on U.S. Socio-Economic Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms, EcoMagazine 4/8/2021

Pandemic Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Initial Assessment Report, FEMA January 2021

The IWG-HABHRCA published and transmitted to Congress:

NOAA HAB Resources:

USGS HAB Resources:

Steering Committee Members:

Nancy Kinner, CRRC, UNH

Charles Grisafi, NOAA

Katherine Krushinski, NOAA

Tony Marshak, NOAA

Jennifer Graham, USGS

Lesley D'Anglada, EPA

Tesfaye Bayleyegn, CDC

Tony Clyde, USACE

Tony Hill, USACE

Charlie Henry, NOAA

Christine Tomlinson, EPA

Lorraine Backer, CDC

Stacey Wiggins, FDA

Joselito Ignacio, FEMA

Mary Kate Rogener, NOAA




Questions? Please contact Katie Perry, CRRC Project Research Specialist