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Tools for Tracking Red Tides

The FWC HAB group works with academic, state, federal, and other partners to incorporate data into tools that help track and forecast blooms and potential impacts.

Daily Sample Map
This map represents the abundance of Karenia brevis in samples collected statewide over the last eight days and is updated daily. Individual sample details can be obtained by clicking on each sample dot. 

Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides
In this collaboration, scientists at USF insert FWC bloom data into the West Florida Shelf Regional Ocean Modeling System to create four-day forecasts of ongoing Karenia brevis blooms.

USF Optical Oceanography Laboratory
Scientists in the Optical Oceanography Lab at USF use special formulas called algorithms to process NASA and NOAA data and generate satellite images that FWC scientists use to direct sampling efforts and assess the extent of blooms.

Harmful Algal Bloom Observing System
FWC scientists provide data to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System (HABSOS). This interactive system can be used to visualize blooms and changes in environmental factors.  

Beach Conditions Reporting System
To complement FWC Red Tide Status Reports and forecasts produced by USF, Mote Marine Laboratory provides up-to-date information about respiratory irritation and dead fish from red tides at local beaches.

Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System
FWC scientists provide data to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Harmful Algal Blooms Operational Forecast System (HAB-OFS) for creation and distribution of bulletins.

Protecting Florida Together
This website hosted by DEP provides a comprehensive statewide overview of water quality and algal bloom sampling (freshwater and marine) conducted by DEP, FWC, and other partners.