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

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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