ICES-IOC Working Group on Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics (WGHABD)
The ICES-IOC Working Group on Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics (WGHABD) was established in 1994 on the basis of a Study Group on the Dynamics of Algal Blooms created two years earlier. The aim of the working group is to outline the various physical, chemical and biological interactions associated to the harmful algal blooms (HAB) and to define the main gaps in research. The following list of topics, extracted from the working group reports, gives an impression of questions discussed in the WG:
An important task of WGHABD is to collect information about harmful algal events in the ICES area. This information is stored in a joint IOC-ICES-PICES database, HAEDAT, which is a part of the IOC International Ocean Data exchange (IODE), and summarized as decadal maps through the cooperation with IFREMER. ACCESS TO HAEDAT.
WGHABD is co-operating with SCOR-IOC GEOHAB, and other ICES working groups like Working Group of Shelf Sea Oceanography and Working Group on Phytoplankton Ecology.
The 2014 meeting is scheduled for Ijmuiden, the Netherlands, 29 April to 2 May 2014.
Reports of the ICES-IOC WGHABD and the working and study groups preceeding it can be downloaded here.
At the 2002 WGHABD meeting at Bermuda, at present unidentified round objects (URO) were found to be a substrate of unknow potency for harmful benthic organisms in near shore Bermudan waters (Photo by P. Andersen, Model: A. Cembella and URO).
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