Prof Kwasi Appeaning Addo Podcast

“yet there is a huge knowledge gap around the magnitude, and impacts of sargassum on coastal West Africa. Over the next two years we will be looking at how sargassum is affecting the livelihoods of the poorest coastal communities and how sargassum affects the artisanal fishing industry. I am also keen to develop partnerships to…

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Prof Jadu Dash Podcast

“There is a lot of work using satellite imagery to monitor Sargassum. We are exploring opportunities from using a variety of different algorithms to better track Sargassum. I am really excited about developing a Sargassum early warning system for Jamaica, which we will co-develop with affected communities. We will use information from satellites and combine…

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Ms Bethia Thomas Podcast

“I am most interested in the SARTRAC theme of transformational adaptation; using sargassum, that is currently viewed as a threat to livelihoods, to generate benefits for the poor, in developing countries in the Caribbean and West Africa. This makes me particularly excited as I am from the Caribbean myself. I am excited about our planned…

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UK-based sargassum researchers

With a view to exploring the possibility of a network of proximate researchers who are focussing on sargassum, members of the SARTRAC team have been meeting with other sargassum researchers in the UK. In January and February 2021, meetings were held with three teams. Nottingham University (Prof Giles Foody and Dr Bathsheba de la Barreda…

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Ms Yanna Fidai Podcast

“In my research I have also found that there is very little research on Sargassum in central America and west Africa compared to the Caribbean. Every day, I learn something new about Sargassum. Today I found out that entrepreneurs are making plates out of Sargassum! In my PhD research, I am most looking forward to…

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Dr Nikolaos Skliris Podcast

“Our research in SARTRAC focuses on these two relatively unexplored physical drivers for Sargassum proliferation in the Tropical Atlantic: the convergence of winds and re-circulation of currents which lead to accumulations of Sargassum and which trap nutrients driving optimal conditions for Sargassum growth. Over the next two years we aim to quantify the variable partitioning…

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Professor Jack Corbett Podcast

“Developing countries, and small island developing states in particular, face numerous challenges in managing and adapting to transboundary and transnational environmental risks. These challenges relate to: capacity deficits, resourcing, and transference of institutions from one part of the world to another. I am excited to be working with our partners in Jamaica, Barbados and Ghana…

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SARTRAC Theory of Change

To ensure that we are delivering our long term impact of “influencing sargassum policy and management decisions at the international level and within partner countries, notably Jamaica and Ghana”, we have developed a monitoring and evaluation system based on our Theory of Change. The slides (attached below) show this theory of change, and the short…

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Dr Sien van der Plank Podcast

“We are researching the policy response from states and regional organisations in the Caribbean, and are analysing the effect of different governance regimes as well as environmental parameters on sargassum policy. In Bermuda, for example, Sargassum historically provides forage and habitat for birds and beach-dwelling creatures, as well as anchoring sand to stabilise sand dunes.…

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Prof Bob Marsh Podcast

“We are learning that Sargassum is strongly influenced by winds and currents, in some years growing more profusely in nutrient rich waters of the Amazon outflow, then swept either west to the Caribbean or east towards west Africa, according to the whim of those highly variable currents and winds. With improved understanding of cause and…

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