TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A new tool from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to predict harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico is online and is now being used to predict potential tidal bloom movements and impacts Red.
The NOAA Red Tide Respiratory Forecast, one of many bloom forecasting tools, was launched to predict toxic algal blooms and help the public view real-time forecasts to know where they might see tidal conditions. red on nearby beaches, provided in three hours. increments during the day.
“We were able to refine our forecasts and offer beach-by-beach forecasts,” said Dr. Richard Stumpf, NOAA-NCCOS oceanographer who led the forecast development team. “This forecast is the first step towards reducing the health and economic impacts of red tides for coastal communities. By letting people know where and when onshore respiratory impacts are expected, red tide becomes more of an inconvenience than a crisis.
According to NOAA, the risk level predictions cover 30 of Florida’s west coast beaches, as well as beaches across the state of Texas. The forecast is part of a national NOAA-National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Harmful Algal Bloom Prediction System, used by coastal resource managers to mitigate the impact of red tide and other toxic blooms on communities. local.
“Red tide impacts can be highly variable due to wind patterns,” said Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, GCOOS executive director and environmental health scientist who conducted the first studies documenting red tide impacts from Florida Human Health. “They can use this tool the same way they use other weather reports.”
Kirkpatrick says the red tide breathing forecast will allow people to see where beaches in their communities could be affected by red tide and when, allowing them to plan beach walks and other activities around the forecast.