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Project: Implementation of an Automated Early Warning System for Harmful Algal Bloom Events in California

Description: The grantee will implement a project to purchase, install and coordinate a network of specialized scientific instruments called imaging flow cytobots (IFCBs) throughout the state to monitor harmful algal blooms (HABs) in real time and incorporate new data into predictive models.

Reference Number: 0540P01303

Implemented By: Regents of the University of California

Objective: The project objectives are to: 1) Build out a network of instruments (IFCBs) to identify HAB species in real-time at critical land-based and offshore locations throughout California – purchase 6 new units; 2) Integrate real-time automated HAB monitoring into existing Water Quality and HAB Monitoring Programs; 3) Integrate automated data streams into HAB risk assessment and operational modeling products for early warning systems (such as the California Harmful Algae Risk Mapping – C-HARM – system developed by PIs Anderson and Kudela and run operationally by NOAA CoastWatch), as well as a retrospective analysis of current and future HAB risk in the State of California; and 4) Transfer technology to partner institutions to sustain as part of long-term ocean observing and water quality monitoring programs.

Type: Monitoring, Research/Planning (including Science), Other

Total Cost: $1,285,035.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 6/30/2022    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Humboldt, Monterey, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Sonoma

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): No

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Prop. 1, Ecosystem, Watershed Protection and Restoration11/22/2019$1,285,035.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
Research/Planning (including Science)   

Water Action Plan Target

Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description


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