Cyano Predictive Modeling & Mobile App

Welcome to the EPA Cyano Predictive Modeling & Mobile App Challenge. This challenge will develop a predictive model (algorithm) based on the best available science to forecast the location of Cyano bloom events up to 30-days in advance of previously available satellite observation. The model will be based on the best and most appropriate scientific information available to predict the growth and movement of Cyano blooms.

Project Overview

This project launched in August, 2013 and was completed in January, 2015 The project was completed using 27 challenges, and had 700 registrants from over 18 different countries. The primary objective of the project was to develop a predictive model (algorithm) based on the best available science to forecast the location of Cyano bloom events up to 30-days in advance of the previous available satellite observation. In addition, an Android application was developed to display data and satellite imagery.

Resources

Algae are natural components of marine and fresh water flora performing many roles that are vital for the health of ecosystems. However, excessive growth of algae becomes a nuisance to users of water bodies for recreation activities and to drinking water providers. Excessively dense algal growth could alter the quantity and quality of light in the water column. Some types of algae may also cause harm through the release of toxins. When conditions like light availability, warm weather, low turbulence and high nutrient levels are favorable, algae can rapidly multiply causing “blooms.” When blooms (or dense surface scums) are formed, the risk of toxin contamination of surface waters increases especially for some species of algae with the ability to produce toxins and other noxious chemicals. These are known as harmful algal blooms (HABs). To learn more about Cyanobacteria, please go to www.epa.gov, which provides the following resources:
  • Detection
  • Health and Ecological Effects
  • Research
  • Causes, Prevention and Mitigation
  • Policies and Guidelines
  • Links to State Information
  • More Information


Contest Overview

In the table below, we’ve listed out all of the contests required to complete the project
Name Start End Contest Type Status
Android App – Conceptualization 08/26/2013 09/11/2013 Conceptualization Completed
Algorithmic Prediction Challenge Marathon Match Problem Statement 08/30/2013 09/15/2013 Content Creation Completed
Android App – Mobile Wireframes Design Contest 10/01/2013 10/25/2013 Wireframes Completed
Image Data Collection Content Creation Contest Part 1 11/07/2013 01/14/2014 Content Creation Completed
Image Data Collection Content Creation Contest Part 2 11/09/2013 01/06/2014 Content Creation Completed
Android App – Mobile UI Storyboard Design Contest 11/13/2013 12/02/2013 Application Front-End Design Completed
Android App – Android Prototype Conversion Assembly 01/09/2014 01/23/2014 Assembly Competition Completed
Android App – Android Prototype Conversion Assembly Part – II 01/21/2014 02/11/2014 Assembly Competition Completed
Android App and PM – Data Standardization Component 02/05/2014 02/20/2014 Design Completed
Admin Website Assembly 02/21/2014 03/03/2014 Assembly Competition Completed
Data Standardization Component 03/21/2014 04/08/2014 Development Completed
Android App – System Architecture 03/24/2014 04/05/2014 Architecture Completed
Android App – Final Specification 04/08/2014 04/22/2014 Specification Completed
Android App and PM -  Data Management Module Architecture 05/23/2014 06/01/2014 Architecture Completed
Android App and PM – Back End Module Architecture 06/05/2014 07/14/2014 Architecture Completed
Android App and PM – Data Management Module Assembly 06/05/2014 06/23/2014 Assembly Competition Completed
Android App – Admin Website Module Architecture 06/27/2014 07/14/2014 Architecture Completed
Predicting Cyano Bloom Events Marathon Match 07/02/2014 07/14/2014 Marathon Match Completed
Android App – Admin Website Module Assembly 07/22/2014 08/08/2014 Assembly Competition Completed
Android App – Front End Module Architecture 09/06/2014 09/16/2014 Architecture Completed
Android App Module Architectures Sync Challenge 09/23/2014 10/09/2014 Architecture Completed
Android App – Assembly Sync and updates 10/01/2014 10/04/2014 First2Finish Completed
Android App – Front End Module Assembly 10/03/2014 10/19/2014 Assembly Competition Completed
Android App – Back End Assembly 10/03/2014 10/19/2014 Assembly Competition Completed
Android App – Integration Assembly 10/15/2014 10/31/2014 Assembly Competition Completed
Android App – Bug Hunt 10/28/2014 11/02/2014 Bug Hunt Completed
Android App – Bug Fixes 11/02/2014 11/05/2014 First2Finish Completed
Project Delivery 11/21/14
 
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