Real-time, continuous Phytoplankton imaging sensors

Imaging FlowCytobots (IFCB)-based HAB alerts


Locations of TOAST, where Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) has been deployed since 2007 and Surfside, where a second IFCB is has been deployed since May 2017. Buoys B and D (red circles) are two of the buoys in the TABS network that collect water current and meteorological data and report in near real-time.

The phytoplankton images are captured using the IFCB, an imaging-in-flow instrument that combines video and flow cytometric technology to capture high resolution (1 µm) images for plankton identification and to measure chlorophyll fluorescence associated with each image. Organisms ranging from ~10 to >100 µm can be identified often to genus and, in some cases, to species.