Workshop on Remote Sensing of Harmful Algal Blooms


HAB Report CoverSponsored by Maryland Sea Grant and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NOAA NCCOS)

Date: Thursday, May 1st, 2014 

Place: O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel, 174 West Street, Annapolis, MD

Workshop participants were invited from a variety of communities including local government, academia, and private industry.

A final technical report from the workshop is available for download

Goals of the Workshop

  • To explore the potential application of remote sensing technologies to improve our regional capabilities to forecast the spatial and temporal distributions of cyanobacteria blooms in the Chesapeake Bay and in coastal bays in Maryland and Virginia.
  • To help develop federal-state partnerships for improving the monitoring and forecasting of harmful algal blooms in these areas.
  • To provide guidance to NOAA NCCOS for developing remote sensing models and delivering appropriate products for specific user groups in the region.
  • To identify a strategy for incorporating HAB remote sensing products into the existing HAB monitoring and management process.

The workshop included presentations, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations to evaluate possible remote sensing tools.  For additional information on the structure of the workshop, please review our agenda.


The Role of NOAA NCCOS

NOAA NCCOS has been working to understand and predict harmful algal bloom (HAB) dynamics in regions throughout the country. The office has conducted research to develop and operationalize remote sensing products for monitoring and forecasting the movements of specific HAB species of concern. These products have been applied to several different areas including Lake Erie, Florida, and the West Coast.


Workshop Materials

The following materials were distributed to all attendees for background and reference.


Learn More

See a Maryland Sea Grant news article about this workshop.


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