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Introduction to Remote Sensing of Harmful Algal Blooms

5 - 26 September 2017

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Location: Online seminar

Course Overview: Harmful algal blooms (HABs) can have a negative impact on the ecosystem and human health. Satellite remote sensing is able to collect data frequently and over a large area to identify impaired water quality from HABs. This data can inform decision-makers on where best to put their resources for taking water samples, determine what toxins are in the water, whether they need to change or move drinking water intakes, and whether a fishery needs to be closed. Remote sensing data enables individuals and organisations to have more flexible plans for water sampling. It also leads to a more efficient and appropriate allocation of resources for protecting human health.

By the end of the training, attendees will be able to identify NASA's Earth Science remote sensing data products for the identification and monitoring of HABs, describe how coupled remote sensing and modeling approaches are used in decision support tools, and use a selection of NASA Earth Science data tools to monitor HABs.

The course will consist of four, 1-hour sessions, every Tuesday in September (5, 12, 19, and 26) at either 11:00-12:00 or 21:00-22:00 EDT (UTC-4). The session is broadcast twice per day to allow for international participation.


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