Great Lakes Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Hypoxia

Experimental Lake Erie HAB Tracker
Environmental Sample Processor
Lake Erie HAB Bulletin
Water Quality and Monitoring Data
Hyperspectral Image Data
Lake Erie Hypoxia Warning System
Frequently Asked Questions
HABs and Hypoxia Publications
Flickr HAB Photo Gallery

The NOAA Great Lakes Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Hypoxia program is a collaborative effort between scientists at GLERL and the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR). This program uses an integrated approach to understand the environmental drivers of HABs and hypoxia to predict events. This approach includes using satellite images, remote sensing, buoys, a comprehensive monitoring program in Lake Erie, Saginaw Bay, and Lake Huron, and advanced genetic techniques to understand the long and short-term seasonal dynamics of HABs and hypoxia. The data collected is used to inform forecast models used by key Great Lakes stakeholder groups, such as drinking water managers. Effective management of the Great Lakes ecosystems requires timely and continuing predictions of ecosystem change. This research will improve forecasts of water quality to reduce risks to ecosystem health associated with recreational exposure, consumption, and treatment of Great Lakes water.

Video: Tracking the Toxicity of Lake Erie Algal Blooms

Check out this video produced by the University of Michigan overviewing our traditional and real-time sampling activities in Western Lake Erie.

Media Contact:
Margaret Lansing
Info Services Branch Chief
(734) 741-2210
General HABs information:
Devin Gill
Stakeholder Engagement
(734) 741-2283
HAB Tracker:
Mark Rowe
Assistant Research Scientist
(734) 741-2172
HAB Tracker:
Eric Anderson
Physical Oceanographer
(734) 741-2293
General HABs and ESP:
Henry Vanderploeg
Research Ecologist
(734) 741-2284
HAB sampling / monitoring:
Tom Johengen
Associate Research Scientist
(734) 741-2203
Craig Stow
Senior Research Scientist
(734) 741-2268
HAB Bulletin:
Karen Kavanaugh
HAB Product Coordinator
(240) 533-0601

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