SARTRAC identifies new transformational developmental opportunities that build resilience equitably, for the poorest people affected by mass algal blooms of sargassum seaweed in the tropical Atlantic basin.

Specifically, we identify drivers of sargassum landings, develop monitoring approaches that are transferable across regions within the basin, and identify adaptation opportunities and challenges generated through the management and re-use of the invasive Sargassum seaweed.

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Fishers in Ghana are experiencing the damaging impacts of sargassum now in September 2021

Within SARTRAC we have been interviewing fishers along the coast of Ghana in Beyin and Newtown, to find out how they are being impacted by sargassum events. Focus groups and questionnaires have been undertaken by the field research team led by Dr Winnie Sowah of the University of Ghana in June 2021, with a second… Continue reading Fishers in Ghana are experiencing the damaging impacts of sargassum now in September 2021

What is the impact of La Soufrière volcanic eruptions and consequent ash clouds on sargassum prevalence?

This question has been asked by the newly funded ‘MONISARG’ project. MONISARG is a UK NERC funded collaboration between Professor Robert Marsh and Professor Jadu Dash at the University of Southampton, Professor Hazel Oxenford at CERMES in UWI Cave Hill, and Dr Ava Maxam at MGI, UWI Mona (NERC grant ref: NE/W004798/1 https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=NE%2FW004798%2F1). The SARTRAC… Continue reading What is the impact of La Soufrière volcanic eruptions and consequent ash clouds on sargassum prevalence?

How can we assess the impact of ash clouds from the La Soufrière volcanic eruptions on sargassum prevalence around Jamaica?

Data are being collected in Jamaica to assess the impact of ash clouds from the La Soufrière volcanic eruptions on sargassum prevalence around Jamaica, as part of the MONISARG project. Mona GeoInformatics Institute (MGI) in Kingston Jamaica, have conducted five (5) beach surveys evaluating the volume and area of beached Sargassum in August 2021. Monitoring… Continue reading How can we assess the impact of ash clouds from the La Soufrière volcanic eruptions on sargassum prevalence around Jamaica?

A visitor’s perspective on sargassum in Antigua

A colleague has just returned from a holiday in Antigua and shared photos of the small number of beaches affected by sargassum, on the eastern side of the island. One of the beaches affected is an important turtle nesting beach. He noted his perception of the sargassum, specifically the unpleasant smell from the decomposing sargassum… Continue reading A visitor’s perspective on sargassum in Antigua

More than Maps Workshop for Early Career Professionals

On 13-15 July 2021, the University of Southampton More than Maps Team hosted a three-part online workshop series for early career professionals, covering: An introduction to research theories and frameworks, through examining the importance of evidence-based policy in adapting to environmental change An introduction to remote sensing, through a case study of detecting environmental threats… Continue reading More than Maps Workshop for Early Career Professionals