ACM2 More than Maps

On 25 June 2021, our More than Maps Team attended Day 4 of the SARTRAC Annual Consortium Meeting #2 “Capacity Building – Outward Facing”. Capacity building is a key component of the SARTRAC programme and the Global Challenges Research Fund (click here for further information). As part of the ACM2 programme, PhD students Marie Schlenker and…

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Designing a home-made floating case for GPS trackers for sargassum mat deployment

by Emma L. Tompkins, Robert Marsh, Sien van der Plank, Jadu Dash, Nikolaos Skliris, Yanna Fidai Our first UK-based fieldwork involved use of: a bathtub, chicken-wire, Play-Doh and a dip in the sea. Our objective – to make a home-made floating case for GPS trackers for sargassum mat deployment GPS trackers need to be housed…

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Interdisciplinary Research Methods Workshop Series, July 2021

The next More than Maps workshop series is open for any members of the public interested in attending. We will be covering: Tuesday 13 July, 17.00-18.30 BST Introduction to Research theories and frameworks: The importance of evidence based policy in adapting to environmental change Wednesday 14 July, 17.00-18.30 BST  Introduction to Remote sensing: Detecting environmental threats from…

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Managing Climate Change Adaptation at the Coast through More than Maps

The University of Southampton SARTRAC* team is delighted to be part of the UK / Australia Season 2021, a collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. SARTAC will be organising and running a workshop series on the theme of “Managing Climate Change Adaptation at the Coast through…

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Dr Ava Maxam Podcast

“At MGI we have been using satellite data to track the sargassum. We’ve created maps of monthly sargassum beaching from 2018-2020. From month to month, the location of the sargassum beaching changes significantly. There are so many different factors affecting sargassum beaching, for example shoreline, wind, wave, and tide dynamics. We want to find out…

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Dr Janice Cumberbatch Podcast

“When Sargassum first arrived in the Caribbean, we were very concerned about its impact, especially on tourism and fisheries. But now we have started to see entrepreneurs developing innovative products from Sargassum, such as fertilisers, pharmaceuticals, and biogas. Here we see an ecological risk that is being turned into an opportunity. Over the next couple…

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Prof Hazel Oxenford Podcast

“There are so many different species of sargassum; if we are able to identify the morphotypes at sea, that might enable us to track where the different species are coming from. The most exciting part of SARTRAC is working with partners in Jamaica and West Africa. We are hoping to improve the accuracy of our…

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Prof. Mona Webber Podcast

“Each type of Sargassum could produce completely different chemical compounds which is shown by colleagues (Davis et al. 2020) working here in Jamaica and at University of York. What is also interesting is that when combined (species and types together) the biomass can be used for different purposes (including agricultural applications), which augers well for…

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Mr Romario Anderson

“There has been very little research on the local geomorphological factors affecting the extent of the sargassum beaching events. This is the current focus of my research. Over the next year, I look forward to getting a deeper understanding of the drivers of the beaching events, but also how the seaweed affects the livelihoods of…

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Ms Ajani Bissick Podcast

“We don’t yet know which remote sensing algorithms and datasets work best to detect Sargassum for the Caribbean and West Africa. I’m really looking forward to seeing which algorithms and datasets work best and why. Since I’ve worked on sargassum, it’s been interesting to see how different countries have used sargassum. Countries in the Caribbean…

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