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HABHub is a platform to facilitate the provision of more rapid and increased scale of detection of algal blooms, and robust early-warning systems that would allow for more proactive mitigation and enhanced understanding of HABs. This was born from the foundation that reliable and consistent science-based information is imperative in effectively mitigating and managing the risks fisherfolk face due to coastal threats and disasters such as deteriorated water quality threatening mariculture, harmful algal blooms (HABs) and other types of fish kills.

HABHub is a means to store and retrieve HAB information and robust models of blooms. Hopefully, these can improve our capacity for adaptive response through the dissemination of information acquired from the monitoring, and models for use in evaluating and improving strategies on monitoring and mitigation of the impacts of HABs and changing coastal resources.

This is supported through the program funded by the Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) entitled Hazard detection and mitigation tools for algal blooms in a changing marine environment implemented by the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines (UPMSI) in partnership with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). This program hopes to help address the risks from harmful algal blooms and pollution by providing ways to more rapidly detect the conditions and organisms leading to HABs and eventually develop an early-warning system that can be used by shellfish and fish farmers and government agencies.

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