Community Engagement Core
CEC Communication Interactions
The Community Engagement Core has the following Specific Aims:
Activities will include the establishment of networks and infrastructure to facilitate information exchange and resource sharing among stakeholders concerned with the safety of marine resources affected by HABs.
The CEC will develop classroom activities and exhibits on based on HABs and WHCOHH research, including a web-based game enabling classroom and public interaction with real-time data produced by Center research.
This aim focuses on increasing awareness of HAB-related health threats, and includes strengthening communication with public health professionals and organizations involved in risk analysis and communication.
CEC project lead Richlen collaborated with CEC personnel from the other Centers to develop and publish a strategic framework to support OHH researchers in coordinating partners, purpose, activities, and approaches intentionally in their work with communities. Read more HERE.
The management of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in New England has grown more challenging due to the emergence of New HAB species that can cause seafood poisoning and disrupt ecosystems. The Northeast HAB website was created as a regional resource that provides background information as well as access to bloom monitoring data and commentary, forecasting model products, and data collected by HAB sensors deployed throughout the region.
The next Gulf of Maine HAB Science Symposium will be held virtually in early 2023. This meeting brings together researchers, managers, and stakeholders to share research findings, information and data, and monitoring plans about HABs in New England waters. Additional information about this meeting will be posted as it becomes available.
The prototype WHOI HABhub is now live! This open source data portal assimilates HAB surveillance data at a regional scale to provide best possible situational awareness regarding the status of HABs and HAB toxins in New England. The WHOI HABhub can be accessed HERE, and more information about its development can be found HERE.
Products & Resources:
The Northeast HAB website was created as a regional resource that provides background information as well as access to bloom monitoring data and commentary, forecasting model products, and data collected by HAB sensors deployed throughout the region.
The WHOI HABhub is an open source data data portal for region-scale integration and real time sharing of multiple types of HAB surveillance data.
A comprehensive resource for information about harmful algal blooms, maintained by the U.S. National Office for Harmful Algal Blooms at WHOI.
This 2019 workshop was open to HAB researchers at all levels who were interested in learning more about communicating their research to non-scientific audiences, and featured a panel discussion by HAB scientists actively engaged in science communication. Topics included translating scientific findings for non-technical audiences, leveraging social media, and communicating with policy makers and reporters.
A 2022 Special Report from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.