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Cyanoscope - EPA collaborative partnership on monitoring harmful algal blooms

This program started at the request of the New England State environmental agencies and their efforts to determine how best to monitor and manage harmful algal and cyanobacteria blooms. This initial project evolved into a three-tiered program to educate people on the problem, how to monitor and provide surveillance to better understand the dynamics of harmful algal blooms (HABs), and the collection of key data to assist in determining trends, hotspots, and other important data surrounding HABs.

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Geographic Scope: National

Project Status: Active - recruiting volunteers

Participation Tasks: Classification or tagging, Data entry, Identification, Observation, Photography, Sample analysis, Specimen/sample collection,

Start Date: 1/1/2013

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Fields of Science: Ecology and environment, Ocean/water and marine

Intended Outcomes: Cyanoscope provides opportunity to identify taxa within a waterbody of interest, learn about that taxa, submit images, and locational information to a centralized database, and view geographical distributions of various taxa.