Harmful Algal Bloom Early Warning System


Making an Operational Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms Early Warning System


GLOS is leading a 3-year project to transition Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms Early Warning System to a sustainable operational form. Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) in general, and cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cHABs) in freshwater in particular, are a global public health and environmental concern. This project will deploy Environmental Sample Processors to enhance the collection and distribution of microcystin toxin measurements from Lake Erie to Ohio water plant managers and other regional stakeholders before toxic blooms arrive at drinking water intakes. The project will update the Lake Erie HABs Data Portal to enhance the distribution of HAB data from the operational real-time sensor network and a related research sampling and monitoring network in Lake Erie to water plan managers and decision makers.



Funding for this project has been provided by the U.S. IOOS Ocean Technology Transition Project. This national project sponsors the transition of emerging marine observing technologies, for which there is an existing operational requirement and a demonstrated commitment to integration and use by the ocean and Great Lakes observing community, to operational mode.

Project Contacts

Becky Pearson, bpearson@glos.us

John Bratton, jbratton@limno.com

Interested in this project? Get project updates by subscribing to stakeholder email list.  Contact Becky Pearson.