Lake cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom mapping and analysis platform (CHAB-MAP)
Nathan Torbick, Ph.D.
NIEHS Grant: R43ES025513
Scientists at Applied Geosolutions, LLC are working to design, build, and operate a cloud-based lake cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom mapping and analysis platform (CHAB-MAP) to automate the mapping and analysis of satellite remote sensing data and real time images cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms. Mobile apps and crowd sourcing tools will also be designed to improve access to information, decision-making, and data gathering. Decision support tools that integrate satellite remote sensing, web and cloud services, and mobile devices offer the capability to monitor cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms at spatial and temporal scales not achievable by traditional techniques. The scientists are working with the Cleveland Clinic to assess the role of harmful algal blooms and cyanotoxins in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in northern and central Ohio. The neurotoxin β-N-methylamino-L-alanine can be produced by cyanobacteria and has been associated with harmful algal blooms and ALS clusters across northern New England.