Funding for HAB Early Warning Systems Session


Scientists are encouraged to submit abstracts to present work related to the development, implementation, or operation of Early Warning Systems (EWS) for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and to attend a Joint FAO-IAEA-IOC Side Event on Early Warning Systems. This side event on EWS will include presentations and informal discussion with experts to allow participants to further understand the process that has been used to develop, implement and assess the accuracy of EWS.


EWS for HABs have advanced in recent years, allowing competent authorities, coastal managers, shellfish growers, and industries to take appropriate actions to minimize their impacts. HAB microscopic identification and counts are the classic approaches used to assess bloom status, but a variety of new remote sensing methods, using satellites, planes, and in-water sensors for HAB cells and toxins are increasingly being developed to support bloom forecasting and monitoring. Some regions of the world have fully operational EWS, while others are still in development.


Support for participation is available for scientists from United Nations least developed countries and other low/middle income countries affected by HABs.


EWS awards include support for the registration fee for the virtual ISSHA conference and ISSHA membership for 2 years.



Selection criteria


Quality or nature of science of the paper to be presented in an oral presentation. Participants who are first authors will be given higher priority for funding.

Priority will be given to first time applicants from low/middle-income countries over award recipients of past ICHA conferences.

Please submit your application letter as an e-mail attachment to Aurelia Tubaro (tubaro@units.it). Please write “ISSHA EWS Awards 2021" as the subject of your e-mail.

The letter should contain the following information:

Name, address, telephone, e-mail

Institutional affiliation and educational status

Research interest (please use keywords)

Desired activity at HAB 2021: Please list EWS Side Session

Copy of the abstract


Applications not submitted correctly may be rejected. The deadline for receipt of applications will be 4th June 2021. Applications will be reviewed by the ISSHA Travel Award Committee and classified according to merits presented. Decisions will be announced by 23rd of July 2021.


NHABON-NE, a prototype node for a national HAB sensor network in the United States

Sponsored by McLane Labs
Leader: Mike Brosnahan

NHABON-NE (National Harmful Algal Bloom Observing Network–New England) is deploying a fleet of advanced phytoplankton sensors and sensor platforms, adaptively and year-round, for improved harmful algal bloom (HAB) surveillance in New England waters of the United States. The project aims to provide unprecedented situational awareness and support for resource management decision making as the region is challenged by an expanding array of toxic and fish-killing algal species. Imaging FlowCytobots (IFCBs) are the workhorses of the network, providing continuous streams of phytoplankton cell images that are taxonomically classified in near real time. Environmental Sample Processors (ESPs) are deployed alongside IFCBs at several shoreside locations and measure particulate domoic acid when Pseudo-nitzschia spp. are present. Novel sensor platforms enable seasonal re-positioning of some sensors at strategic locations along the coast and offshore. Barges outfitted with a ROS-based sensor integration system called PhytO-ARM can be moved between inshore locations using trailers and are equipped with networked winches that collect CTD and fluorescence profiles alongside IFCB and ESP observations. Barges are also able to deploy and recover their own mooring tackle, streamlining rapid response efforts. Offshore sensing is made possible through deployments of a solar autonomous boat that has been engineered to support IFCBs (SeaTrac Systems, Inc.). Ongoing development of the PhytO-ARM platform aims to push data processing tasks to network edges, enabling deployments at locations where telemetry bandwidth is limited or expensive. All data and data products from NHABON-NE are distributed through an associated web portal called HABhub (http://habhub.whoi.edu). Additional data layers enable end users to view sensor data alongside model-based estimates of shellfish toxicity, NOAA forecast products, and current and historical monitoring data from state agencies. In combination, the project represents a functional prototype for one node within a national data system and network of HAB sensors under development for the entire U.S. coast. 

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