A clean, safe water supply is one of our Nation’s great natural resources, and keeping it that way requires a well-integrated system of monitoring coastal waters, estuaries, rivers, streams and Great Lakes. Each year, Federal and State Government agencies, industry, academia, and private organizations devote significant time, energy, and money to monitor, protect, manage, and restore water resources and watersheds. IOOS Ocean Technology Transition projects are supporting efforts to address two water quality issues: Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Hypoxia. Early warning sensors and systems are needed for rapid and accurate detection, identification, and quantification of ocean and coastal microbial pathogens, chemical contaminants, and nutrients in order to protect human health from these risks.
Ocean Technology Transition Projects
IOOS’ Ocean Technology Transition program is working with scientists and industry to transition technologies to monitor ocean conditions that can impact human health into operations. U.S. IOOS has funded four Ocean Technology Transition projects in support of HAB and Hypoxia detection and monitoring (select the project for information about the project and its progress to-date):