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International coordinated research on harmful algae and their impacts on society

A synthesis Open Science of special relevance for the entire international scientific community of researchers and managers engaged in the advance in harmful algal bloom research and mitigation of impacts was held by joint IOC-UNESCO and Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) Global Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (GEOHAB) Programme in Paris, France, on 24-26 April 2013.

GEOHAB is an international programme that co-ordinates and builds on related national, regional and international efforts in HAB research within an ecological and oceanographic context.  GEOHAB encourage combined experimental, observational and modelling approaches, using current and innovative technologies in a multidisciplinary approach that is consistent with the multiple scales and oceanographic complexity of HAB phenomena.
This synthesis OSM had two objectives. The first is to review the scientific advances accomplished under GEOHAB since its inception. The second is to identify a near-future roadmap of GEOHAB-like activities to be pursued beyond 2013.

Participants provided concept papers (i.e., proposals for specific activities, such as research projects, training sessions, or comparisons among ecosystems) that could be implemented in a coming 5-10 year period.

The Open Science Meeting will present its conclusions to the IOC’s Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms, one of the GEOHAB sponsors, in the coming days, particularly as regards:


  • which scientific objectives can effectively be implemented in the coming years,
  • what are the best mechanisms to accomplish them, and
  • how international coordinated research should be structured to most effectively move forward in the future.

The 11th Session of the IOC Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms will also be help in Paris on 28-30 April 2013.

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