International Research Programs


Research and management of HABs is a responsibility of individual nations, but the global nature of the problem has led to the formulation of many international programs, both bi- and multi-lateral.   


The International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA)
The International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA) was founded in 1997, in response to a request from the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO for an international programme o­n harmful algae. The overall mandate of the Society is to promote and foster research and training programs o­n harmful algae, and to co-sponsor meetings o­n this topic at the national, regional, and international level.

GlobalHAB: Global Harmful Algal Blooms
The Global Harmful Algal Blooms (GlobalHAB) Program is an international scientific programme on HABs. It is aimed at fostering and promoting co-operative research directed toward improving the understanding and prediction of HAB events, and providing scientific knowledge to manage and mitigate their impacts against the background of global changes in climate, and increased anthropogenic pressures on aquatic ecosystems. GlobalHAB is a continuation of the first international programme, GEOHAB (Global Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms) created in 2001 to foster international cooperation to advance understanding of HAB dynamics and to improve our ability to predict HABs. GlobalHAB will operate for 10 years, from 2016 to 2025.

IOC Harmful Algal Bloom Program
The overall goal of the IOC HAB Program is to foster the effective management of, and scientific research on, HABs in order to understand their causes, predict their occurrences, and mitigate their effects.



Last updated: July 11, 2016