HAB Data Management System

Employing our experience as one of the early enablers of geospatial content online, KeyLogic consolidated NOAA’s HAB data streams into a centralized, web-based GIS database.

Consolidating Data to Fight Red Tide


The Client: The Harmful Algal Bloom Data Management Center (HAB-DMS), developed by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), provides Internet-based access to physical, chemical, and biological data pertinent to understanding harmful algal blooms. NOAA’s National Coastal Data Development Center also developed a system for real-time detection, monitoring, and prediction of HABs.

The Challenge: An algal bloom is a “population explosion” of microscopic plankton; harmful algal blooms (HABs) are blooms that involve toxic phytoplankton. Such blooms are known as red tides, after their red-brown color. HABs can have devastating ecological, economic, and health effects. To best understand the nature and extent of these algal blooms, NOAA wanted to consolidate its various data sets into a single, centralized Geographic Information System (GIS) database accessible online.

The Solution: Employing our experience as one of the early enablers of geospatial content online, KeyLogic, as a subcontractor, consolidated NOAA’s HAB data streams into a centralized, web-based GIS database.

The Result: The benefits of consolidating algal bloom data in an online-accessible format included:

  • Improved Data Efficiency. Data consolidation makes it easier for NOAA to synthesize its own information, simply by making disparate data sets compatible and available from a single source.
  • Simplifying Complex Data. KeyLogic’s solution layers data graphically—making the data significantly easier to understand.
  • Improving Communications. The GIS interface makes NOAA’s algal bloom data available to a much wider community of interest—including researchers, marine-related industries, and students. Sharing information and working cooperatively can lead to better environmental solutions.
  • Building on a Trusted Partnership. Having worked with NOAA on multiple contracts, KeyLogic was able to quickly understand the organization’s needs and rapidly design and implement solutions.

To learn more about how KeyLogic can help your organization improve its data analysis, please contact us today at 888.204.9649.

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