HABs webinar series kicks off in January

Posted by: GLOS_Admin December 22, 2017

As part of an initiative to learn more about HABs activities outside the Great Lakes, the Great Lakes Observing System and LimnoTech are hosting several webinars.  Presentations will feature others HABs data management projects from other NOAA IOOS regional associations around the country.  Information to register for the first webinar is below, which features presentations from the Gulf Coast.

Please register for HABs Tech #1 – Gulf of Mexico: HABscope & Beach Forecasting on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018 1:00 PM EST at:

This webinar will feature two presentations about HABs technology from the Gulf Coast.

1) HABscope: Automated classification using a low-cost field kit, open source computer vision libraries, and neural networks. Bob Currier, Texas A&M University. 

HABscope was designed to be usable by a volunteer with minimal training and to provide real-time cell counts from the sampling location. The HABscope field kit consists of an Omax microscope, Apple iPod Touch, 3D printed adapter, StraightTalk hot spot, power supply and case. An app is loaded on the iPod Touch and provides sentinels with the ability to record a thirty second video and upload the video to a cloud server

2) Forecasting ‘Every Beach, Every Day’ to improve public health. Barb Kirkpatrick, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System. 

Improving the forecasts of respiratory risk from Karenia brevis aerosols involves the integration of several types of data sets. Any one data set is insufficient to locate blooms at the required spatial and temporal resolution to achieve “every beach, every day”. Our project uses three data sets to improve the respiratory forecasts from the county level to the individual beach level.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Update 1/16/2018 webinar recording here.