Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) are outbreaks of planktonic algae that threaten public health, degrade aquatic ecosystems and cause major economic losses. Most HABs are detected only after they reach an advanced stage, when they have already caused significant ecological and economic damage. However, many HAB-forming species have two distinct life stages, a dormant benthic stage and a vegetative pelagic stage.The primary objective of this project was to construct and test a prototype of an autonomous optical sensor for the detection and characterization of HAB-forming algae as they emerge from the sediments.
Tobin, Elizabeth, "Novel optical remote sensing technology for prediction of Harmful Algal Blooms" (2011). Link Foundation Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation Fellowship Reports. 5.