Researchers at the University of Georgia are developing a neighborhood watch system for Georgia waters called CyanoTRACKER. The early warning system will use social media platforms and cloud computing to crowdsource instances where further monitoring of algae conditions may be necessary. The project will use Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to help identify localized blooms at lakes and ponds across Georgia.
The online tools will complement remote sensing of cyanobacteria outbreaks. Data from social media sites and the project website, will be compiled, checked against sensor data or investigated further.