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FAU Harbor Branch Partners with 4Ocean, Navocean, and GCOOS to Monitor Algae in Lake Okeechobee with First Autonomous Sailboat

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February 04, 2019
Harmful algal blooms (HAB) on both coasts of Florida are increasing in number and duration, pressuring local resource managers to find solutions to protect people and nature. Scientists with Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute are partnering with 4Ocean to learn more about HABs in Lake Okeechobee through the deployment of the Navocean “Nav2” vehicle, the first autonomous sail-driven surface vehicle to be used for in-land algae monitoring.
The vessel will be deployed from the Pahokee Marina, 190 N. Lake Ave., in Pahokee, on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 10:30 a.m. The media is invited to speak to experts about its use in Lake Okeechobee and capture photo/video of the vessel in action. 
The device will send chlorophyll and particle data collected from onboard sensors via satellite to the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observation System (GCOOS), a NOAA certified regional office in the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOSS).  GCOOS will validate and publish the data online in real-time on the Gulf AUV Network and Data Archiving Long-term Storage Facility (GANDALF).
For media attendance, contact Lynda Figueredo Rysavy at 561-475-0960 or lfigueredo@fau.edu.
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