Harmful algal blooms (HABs) can have a negative impact on the ecosystem and human health. Satellite remote sensing is able to collect data frequently and over a large area to identify impaired water quality from HABs. This data can inform decision-makers on where best to put their resources for taking water samples, determine what toxins are in the water, whether they need to change or move drinking water intakes, and whether a fishery needs to be closed. Remote sensing data enables individuals and organizations to have more flexible plans for water sampling. It also leads to a more efficient and appropriate allocation of resources for protecting human health.


By the end of this online training, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify NASA’s Earth Science remote sensing data products for the identification and monitoring of HABs 
  • Describe how coupled remote sensing and modelling approaches are used in decision support tools
  • Use a selection of NASA Earth Science data tools to monitor HABs

Level and Format:

  • Introductory
  • Four, one-hour sessions


Local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations interested in using satellite imagery for coastal and ocean applications.