Red Tide Observation
The science station is a contributing partner in Harmful Algal Bloom Observation with the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observation System (GCOOS).
Using our harmful algal bloom microscope, or "HAB-scope", we are able to upload videos of water samples from the Gulf. The videos are then analyzed by an artificial intelligence computer program to identify the particular algae that cause events like red tide.
One of the common diatoms in the Gulf that causes algal blooms
What is "red tide"?
Red tide is a type of harmful algal bloom that
occurs in coastal areas around the world. The
name derives from the red tint of the
water that occurs when there is an abundance
of algae. However, red tides can occur
without the tell-tale red coloration and thus
"harmful algal bloom" is a more accurate term.
Why does it matter?
Harmful algal blooms can cause death in various marine animals, such as fish, dolphins, and manatees. Even humans can be affected by red tide due to toxins being released in the air, causing breathing problems.
Where can I learn more?
You can learn more at HABforecast.gcoos.org under the Red Tide Respiratory Forecast Team.