Daily Satellite Tracking of Harmful Algae Blooms for the Great Lakes Now Online

Broomfield, Colorado, 20 August 2015 – Harmful algae blooms threaten drinking water, aquaculture industries and the public welfare. A significant bloom was recently forecasted for Lake Erie: NOAA predicts that this year’s blooms will be “among the most severe in recent years” and will peak in September (http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov).

The bloom is now tracked daily on the free algae bloom monitoring program developed by EOMAP for the Great Lakes region. The solution provides an easy online access through http://eoapp-us.eomap.com/. EOMAP also tracks the vast number of smaller lakes and coastal waters globally using its multi-satellite monitoring system and displays this data on the eoApp web application.

The eoapp monitoring system allows for tracking blue algae blooms and relevant water quality parameters such as chlorophyll and turbidity. Various US and European satellite sensors are imbedded into this first globally harmonized monitoring system, supporting daily monitoring at continental scales, historical reviews up to 30 years back in time and highest spatial resolutions for ponds, small lakes and rivers.

Matt Bergin, Vice President of business Development at EOMAP states that ‘EOMAP supports European and US research initiatives to understand and forecast harmful algae blooms. The heavy bloom in 2015 was already well detected and well accessible through eoApp. The algorithm developed by EOMAP detects blue algae containing phycocyanin pigments. It is imbedded into the proprietary, state-of-the-art satellite data processors of EOMAP, which already are installed in several satellite receiving and archiving centers to support the most cost efficient and fast production.’


·       EOMAP Web Application US:


·       EOMAP Water Quality Information Booklet:


For more information, contact: Matt Bergin email to Matthew.bergin@eomap.com


·     Figure1: US version of EOMAP’s eoApp® displaying harmful algae bloom probability over the Great Lakes based on MODIS and Landsat data, © Processing EOMAP, © satellite data NASA/MODIS and USGS/Landsat

·     Figure 2: Time series of Chlorophyll-a during August 2015 in southern Lake Ontario, © Processing EOMAP, © satellite data NASA/MODIS 

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