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Phytoplankton Monitoring Network

The Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) project was created by the National Centers for Costal Ocean Science (NCCOS) of NOAA in order better recording of harmful algal blooms and marine phytoplankton populations. PMN uses trained volunteers to help maintain and monitor a costal survey area throughout the year. The monitoring activities include: characterizing the populations of phytoplankton, tracking harmful algal blooms, support Marine researchers in mitigating the effects of harmful algal blooms and help increase public awareness of the effects and consequences of alagal blooms and phytoplankton populations. The origins of the PMN date back to 2001 when the NOAA Marine Biotoxins Program began an outreach project to monitor marine phytoplankton in collaboration with the South Carolina Task Group on Harmful Algae. Since its inception, the PMN has helped characterize more than 250 algal blooms helping NOAA’s Biotoxin program better understand the process that lead to harmful algal blooms. More recently the PMN has spread the length of the Atlantic coast, the Gulf Coast and to the Pacific.

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Geographic Scope: National

Project Status: Active

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Start Date: 2001

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Fields of Science: Animals, Biology, Chemistry, Climate and weather, Ecology and environment, Nature and outdoors, Ocean/water and marine

Intended Outcomes: Programmatic, Research development, Civic and community, Individual learning,