Join Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System on Thursday, July 30th at 12 PM for Scripps Institution of Oceanography Innovation Webinar Series with Dr. Clarissa Anderson, SCCOOS Executive Director, as she presents on Bringing New Life to Harmful Algal Bloom Prediction after Crossing the Valley of Death
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The Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOs) supports a mosaic of sustained ocean observing and modeling activities run in an operational setting and served on our data portal. We provide numerous data and model products designed to benefit local to regional end-users to improve management decisions for marine operations, fisheries, water quality, and ecosystem/public health. One such model is the California Harmful Algae Risk Mapping (C-HARM) system that generates three-day forecasts of coastal conditions conducive to blooms of Pseudo-nitzschia and its associated toxin, domoic acid. The model was moved from research to operations in 2018 and has proven itself valuable to marine mammal resource managers given the tight connection between offshore toxins and animal stranding events. Useful predictions could be anything from seasonal to weather-scale forecasts depending on regional needs and modeling capabilities. Where C-HARM provides less information is for aquafarms sited in nearshore inlets and bays where commercial shellfish production is carefully monitored by public health agencies. One central aim at SCCOOS is to improve model products for key stakeholders currently underserved by routine HAB forecasts and to identify the physical and biological factors affecting HAB risk in California estuaries. This talk will delve into the various approaches taken by SCCOOS to meet end-user requirements and the quest to make models that are most useful to stakeholders.
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