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Harmful Algal Species Identification – There’s an app for that

A volunteer from the NOAA Phytoplankton Monitoring Network’s Texas Master Naturalist group, in collaboration with National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) scientists, developed an iPhone application (Phyto) to assist marine phytoplankton and harmful algae identification.  This “app” includes images from an NCCOS gallery of common phytoplankton and recordings of a staff scientist’s pronunciation of each species’ name.  The application also contains a flash card game to improve volunteers’ identification skills.  Phyto  works on both the iPod Touch and iPhone.  Check the website for a description of this application, with links to a video demo and iTunes download.

HAB Resources

HAB Monitoring in Whyville NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) sponsored a scientist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to create and regularly update a harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring feature in the virtual world of Whyville, including the virtual Plankton Lab at the Whyville Oceanographic Institute. (Find out more about WHOI and Whyville.) Visit Whyville

Help! It’s an HAB! from the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is part of a series of lessons that provide information and materials to teach students about the effects of harmful algal blooms on fish, as well as devising remediation techniques.The website features links to other related lessons and pages as well as a chart of education standards met by these activities by grade level.