Harmful algal blooms (HABs) can have a negative impact on the ecosystem and human health. Satellite remote sensing is able to collect data frequently and over a large area to identify impaired water quality from HABs. This data can inform decision-makers on where best to put their resources for taking water samples, determine what toxins are in the water, whether they need to change or move drinking water intakes, and whether a fishery needs to be closed. Remote sensing data enables individuals and organizations to have more flexible plans for water sampling. It also leads to a more efficient and appropriate allocation of resources for protecting human health.
By the end of the training, attendees will be able to:
Complete Session 2C: Fundamentals of Aquatic Remote Sensing or have equivalent experience. Attendees that do not complete prerequisites may not be properly prepared for the pace during the training.
Local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations interested in using satellite imagery for coastal and ocean applications. Governmental and non-governmental organizations in the public and private sectors engaged in environmental management and monitoring will be given preference over organizations focused primarily on research.
There is no cost for the webinar, but you must register to view the recordings below.
September 5, 2017
An overview of marine and freshwater HABs, how HABs can affect ecosystems and human health, in situ monitoring methods of HABs, how remote sensing detects HABs, examples of HAB monitoring tools, and the advantages and limitations of using remote sensing in aquatic environments.
September 12, 2017
Satellites and sensors for HAB detection and monitoring (subset in fundamentals of remote sensing: MODIS, VIIRS, Sentinel 2-a & 3, and Landsat 8), ocean color data products used to monitor and detect HABs, NASA satellite data access tools, NASA satellite data processing tools (including SeaDAS), and how to create an automated tool.
September 19, 2017
Featuring Guest Speaker: Clarissa Anderson, Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System
How HABs affect marine ecosystems and human health, an overview of coupled model and remote sensing tools for understanding HABs, an accuracy assessment, a demonstration of Clarissa Anderson’s California Harmful Algae Risk Mapping (C-HARM) System.
September 26, 2017
Featuring Guest Speaker: Wilson Salls, EPA CyAN Project
An overview of cyanobacterial HABs, freshwater cyanoHAB monitoring tools (e.g. HAB Tracker, Great Lakes HAB bulletin), how citizen science can be used for HAB monitoring, and a course summary.