To understand harmful algal bloom (HAB) dynamics you must have correct data on species composition, abundances and biomass. Early detection is the most effective way to mitigate the effects of HABs. Routine monitoring is often required.
Detecting HAB species is typically done using settling chambers and visual inspection with an inverted microscope. This method is tedious and time consuming. Plus getting a precise count is difficult at low cell densities.
FlowCam can improve routine monitoring protocols for HAB species.