WASHINGTON, D.C.—Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego was one of five organizations to be awarded federal funding for harmful algal bloom community technology accelerator, it was recently announced. The accelerator would create a regional hub for harmful algal bloom monitoring and research.
Scripps and its partners will specifically receive $399,998 for the 2020 fiscal year. The total funding for the project is $1,193,561. Funding was provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, and cover the project’s timeline of Sept. 2020 to Aug. 2023.
The other organizations in the group are Axiom Data Science LLC, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, UC Santa Cruz, and Central and Norther California Ocean Observing System.
“Harmful Algal Blooms … are persistent threats to coastal resources, local economies, and human and animal health throughout U.S. waters,” a summary of the accelerator pitch stated. “There is an immediate need for more effective strategies to monitor and communicate the risk of algal toxins to human and ecosystem health in U.S. waters. The overarching goal of this project is to establish a California regional hub for harmful algal bloom … data, technology and knowledge transfer.”
NOAA awarded $11.6 million overall for harmful algal bloom research, to be conducted nationwide during the next three to five years.
“These funding decisions represent a coordinate effort to maximize advances in harmful algal bloom monitoring and forecasting,” NOAA staff stated.