A leading system to provide data and information on toxic algae in the world oceans
The development of a leading system to provide data and information on toxic algae in the world oceans is initiated
At a Workshop 8-9 January 2008, Oostende, Belgium, an international Task Team set up by the IOC Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IPHAB) and the IOC International Ocean Data Exchange (IODE), began the work to develop a Harmful Algal Information System (HAIS).
HAIS is envisaged to become the leading system to provide data and information on toxic algae in the world oceans based upon data received from national monitoring operations and scientific expertise provided by national experts. HAIS will allow the exchange of global information on HABs and will provide a safe haven for data preservation for future generations.
The HAIS will be built on both existing IOC data products on harmful algal events, taxonomy and HAB monitoring systems and on new components to be developed on global species occurrence and identification.The Task Team is now, based on the workshop, drafting a document which defines HAIS and which will serve as basis for attracting partners both in terms of an expanded network of national data providers and in terms of financial support to fully develop the system.
The system is developed in cooperation ICES, PICES, the International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA), OBIS and Encyclopaedia of Life.
The initiation of this new activity was made possible thanks to support from US NOAA and the Government of Flanders and their support also allows the first steps of system development in 2008.
While HAIS is being build the components alredy in place can be accessed here.
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