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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 657
Title: Centers for Oceans and Human Health: a unified approach to the challenge of harmful algal blooms
Author: D. L. Erdner, J. Dyble, M. L. Parsons, R. C. Stevens, K. A. Hubbard, M. L. Wrabel, S. K. Moore, K. A. Lefebvre, D. M. Anderson, P. Bienfang, R. R. Bidigare, M. S. Parker, P. Moeller, L. E. Brand, Vera L. Trainer
Publication Year: 2008
Journal: Environmental Health
Volume: 7
Issue: Suppl 2
Pages: S2

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are one focus of the national research initiatives on Oceans and Human Health (OHH) at NIEHS, NOAA and NSF.  All of the OHH Centers, from the east coast to Hawaii, include one or more research projects devoted to studying HAB problems and their relationship to human health.  The research shares common goals for understanding, monitoring and predicting HAB events to protect and improve human health:  understanding the basic biology of the organisms; identifying how chemistry, hydrography and genetic diversity influence blooms; developing analytical methods and sensors for cells and toxins; understanding health effects of toxin exposure; and developing conceptual, empirical and numerical models of bloom dynamics.

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Notes: in John Stegeman and Lora Fleming, editors. Proceedings of the Centers for Oceans and Human Health Investigators Meeting, 24-27 April 2007, Woods Hole, MA.