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The following discussions sessions are being planned for Tuesday evening, October 30th:
  • operational HAB forecasting system (Rick Stumpf et al.)
  • HAB genomics (Debashish Bhattacharya, Deana Erdner, Fran Van Dolah, Jeremiah Hackett)
  • Identifying barriers to HAB technology utilization and transfer (NOAA CSCOR and CICEET)
  • volunteer monitoring networks (Karen Steidinger, Gregg Langlois, Darcie Couture)
Discussion sessions will run from approximately 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  These sessions will run concurrently.  Please see below for more information about these sessions.

Operational HAB Forecasting System

NOAA has developed a conceptual plan to make region-based operational HAB forecasts possible within a national framework.  Currently an operational nowcast/forecast system is running for the eastern Gulf of Mexico with the demonstration of an operational system in the western Gulf.  The addition of new regions would leverage off existing tools (for analysis, skill assessment, model operations, etc.) and involve transition of appropriate research capabilities and results to operations. As the organisms, their environment and the oceanography will vary by location, this work will depend on partnerships with management agencies (e.g. state health, marine resources) and with researchers in each region.  This session will discuss the current concept and discuss the strategies for the involvement of regional research scientists and managers. 

HAB Genomics

Genomics has revolutionized biological research and put comparative analyses front and center
in the arena of science. Recently, high-throughput methods for transcript profiling (e.g., “454”,
Illumina sequencing technology, microarray) provide powerful tools for understanding gene
function and do not require a well-developed “genetic” system. The use of genomics to study
HAB taxa has however not yet been fully realized. This stems in part from the large genome size of many HAB species (e.g., giga-bases for toxic dinoflagellates) and the unfamiliarity of
researchers with the new and rapidly advancing genome technologies. This workshop has as its
primary goal a survey of new genomic methods and their potential application to HAB taxa, as
well as examples of these tools in action. We will invite industry representatives (e.g., from
“454”, Illumina, Affymetrix) to discuss their newest sequencing and other genome technologies.  The session will include an open (question/answer) discussion of what genome technologies can offer the HAB community. In addition, we seek to develop a list of broadly supported goals and priorities in HAB genomics, to serve as a basis for future grant applications. These recommendations will be recorded in a short report that will be distributed to the entire HAB community and published online at http://www.whoi.edu/redtide/.

Identifying barriers to HAB technology

An evening session is proposed to identify, discuss and prioritize the barriers to HABs technology adoption in order to help accelerate access to new methods to detect HABs and their toxins being developed by the HAB community.  The session will provide a venue to bring end users, HAB researchers, and entrepreneurs together to discuss promising methods, technology needs, and ways to increase the movement of technologies from research to application.  This forum will allow for open discussion between interested researchers responsible for most recent sensor development in basic research programs, coastal managers responsible for safeguarding coastal resources, public health, and local economies, and industry representatives with experience in the commercial production of new technologies for coastal monitoring and assessment.  It is anticipated that the dialogue will focus on the informal exchange of ideas (limited Power Point presentation, maximize discussion!) maximizing opportunities to learn from successful efforts to adopt or commercialize HABs technologies.  The session will also identify ideas and garner support from the community on how NOAA, universities, states, tribes, and industry can better partner to bridge this gap.

Participants: (Note: The session organizers are very open to any guidance the steering committee has on key players to attend this session.):
•    HABs researchers
•    Commercial developers
•    HABs management community
•    HABs funding community

Volunteer Monitoring Networks

The goals for this workshop are to improve our understanding of the activities currently underway in this field, to discover the varied approaches that have been taken and discuss their strengths and limitations, and to learn from each other’s experiences

Please complete the questionnaire (see right) and return to Gregg Langlois by October 19th. As stated on the form, the attached questions are intended to gather information on phytoplankton monitoring activities, including such areas as program infrastructure, sample collection and analysis, uses for this information, etc.
Do not be alarmed by the number of pages - it looks daunting at first but it is actually quite quick and easy to complete!
The information gathered will be compiled and presented at the 2007 U.S. HAB meeting in Woods Hole, Massachusetts as part of an evening workshop on phytoplankton monitoring programs. The goals for this workshop are to improve our understanding of the activities currently underway in this field, to discover the varied approaches that have been taken and discuss their strengths and limitations, and to learn from each other’s experiences.
I would sincerely appreciate all those involved in some form of phytoplankton monitoring to take a few minutes to fill this out and return it to me at Gregg.Langlois@cdph.ca.gov - I will do my best to compile the information in time for what should be a fun and informational workshop.
Feel free to get in touch with any questions or comments. If you have thoughts about what you would like to discuss at the workshop please send them my way!
Gregg Langlois


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