Southern California Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System: Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB)

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UC San Diego
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Ecology and Evolution

To facilitate the effort outlined for the HAB component of water quality the Brzezinski lab at UCSB will carry out a set of observations at Stearn’s Wharf in Santa Barbara, paralleling the observational set taken by the other four HAB monitoring groups. The full set of regional sites for the harmful algal bloom monitoring include San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay, and San Diego. A SCCOOS automated pier sensor is located at Stearn’s wharf providing a continuous data record of temperature, salinity, and chlorophyll fluorescence. Stearn’s Wharf has been sampled as part of the SCCOOS HABS since the inception of the SCCOOS HABS effort. We will continue to sample this core site during the next five years.  With the proposed budget augmentation Brzezinski’s laboratory will also be collecting sample for flow cytometric analysis of small phytoplankton and providing these to professor Debora Iglesias-Rodriguez (UCSB) for analysis. In addition Brzezinski will provide nutrient analyses for all five SCCOOS HAB sites.