Detecting Harmful Algal Blooms with FlowCam®

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.

Why Use FlowCam® for HAB Detection?  

  • Identify and characterize algae with size, shape, fluorescence, and concentration statistics presented in real-time
  • Rapid analysis - count, capture, and save images of microorganisms, typically up to 10,000 images/minute
  • Sort, filter and classify particle images interactively with VisualSpreadsheet® – and even automate the process
  • Discrete sampling or continuous, in-situ analysis 

Learn more about the FlowCam® Technology >>

FlowCam® Image Gallery - Harmful Algae Bloom Species

  • Karenia-brevis-HAB

    Karenia brevis 



View Imaging Particle Analysis in CA Environmental Monitoring presented by Dr. Peggy Lehman.

View Now >>


Nuisance Algae Guide

Contains 49 different nuisance algae and cyanobacteria species imaged by FlowCam.

View Now >>

Customer Profile

Customer Spotlight

See how the Univ. of S. Florida uses FlowCam to study oceanic river plumes and the diatom blooms that result.

View Now >>