Cyanobacterial blooms appear seasonally across the state in water bodies of various sizes, posing a risk to drinking water supplies, irrigation, and recreation. Currently, the state is challenged to monitor these potentially harmful events systematically.
The SWAMP program (Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program) has partnered with NOAA to monitor the state's larger lakes on a routine basis via satellite images. Satellite remote sensing will aid the State of California in assessing cyanobacterial bloom threats to animal and human health across the state’s numerous large lakes. The use of satellite imaging will help the state characterize the seasonality, spatial distribution, and development of the blooms.
SFEI will serve as the steward of the data and the developer of the software to process and display the salient information. A web-based tool will provide access to the geospatial satellite images and visualize bloom information generated by the Ocean Land Coloring Instrument and made available by NOAA.