Microalga K. brevis forms extensive toxic blooms in the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to Florida


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Microalga K. brevis forms extensive toxic blooms in the Gulf of Mexico from Texas to Florida











Wind speed and direction variable

  • Wind speed and direction variable







Multiple satellite systems used



  • Develop cell phone based microscope with reporting app

  • Cell counts collected by

    • Beach Conditions Report System (BCRS) (Florida) personnel
    • Red Tide Rangers (Texas)
    • Include those currently collected by NOAA COOPS, MOTE and FMRI
  • Combine with ongoing BCRS reports







Lead PI, Dr. Richard Stumpf (NOAA)

  • Lead PI, Dr. Richard Stumpf (NOAA)

  • Oversee coordination, accomplishments and reporting.

  • Direct earth observation improvements, model development and forecast implementation.

  • Institutional co-PI, Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick (TAMU))

  • Organize the community beach monitoring implementation and training

  • Oversee integration of new monitoring capabilities and forecasts with the BCRS

  • Review forecast products for usability

  • Conduct the end user workshops and public outreach.

  • Co-PI Michelle Tomlinson (NOAA) will lead the prototype development, conduct training to transfer systems to CO-OPS and Texas, coordinate model training with Dr. Kirkpatrick.

  • Consultants

  • Andrew Reich (Florida DOH) develop materials for public health education and coordinate health departments in workshops.

  • Wayne Litaker will lead the smartphone water sampling component and validation.

  • Key Staff:

  • Andrew Meredith (NOAA Contractor, GIS specialist), who built the original CO-OPS HAB forecast system, develop the new forecast system modules.

  • Robert Currier, Information Technology expert behind the BCRS will be responsible for assimilating project data into the BCRS














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