Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB)

Harmful algal blooms are a major environmental problem in all 50 states. Known as red tides, blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, harmful algal blooms have severe impacts on human health, aquatic ecosystems, and the economy.


To develop an application that will make it more convenient and accessible for citizen scientists to report sightings of HABs. The information submitted through the application can be used to display HAB trends in local waterways. Displaying these trends could help raise awareness and influence forecasting and preventive measures implemented by states to reduce impact of HABs on human health.

Challenge: HABs Sighting

To create a mobile application modeled after an HAB report form. This application would allow users to take a picture of HABs and submit a report with specific details of the sighting from the field.