This project will continue to build upon goals achieved in FY11-FY12 by incorporating forecasts and monitoring results into decision support systems that provide information to management agencies on the effects of watershed loading on beach closures, and the growth and persistence of Microcystis blooms. Conduct field sampling in both systematic random sampling and event response programs. Beach managers working with USGS and/or local science consortiums have developed nowcast models in these areas but have not developed sustainable product delivery mechanisms. Working with USGS we plan to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of both USGS and NOAA water quality forecasting support tools. We plan to work with the NOAA National Weather Service, which has extensive experience in this area, to examine what is needed for operational beach water quality forecasting.
Decision Support Tools for Nearshore Water Quality Prediction