Mona Geoinformatics Institute (MGI) presented its Sargassum Advisory System at this year’s third staging of the UWI Sargassum Symposium which took place at the UWI Cave Hill campus, Barbados.
The presentation highlighted the research and work carried out by MGI under the “Teleconnected SARgassum risks across the Atlantic: building capacity for TRansformational Adaptation in the Caribbean and West Africa” (SARTRAC) project, which is a 3-year programme of research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
Research Officer, Mr Romario Anderson, featured a demo of MGI’s most recent development of the island’s first sargassum early advisory system dubbed “Jamaica’s Sargassum Early Advisory System (JSEAS)” which will assist with early detection of sargassum and timely dissemination of alerts to the most vulnerable groups in society. The presentation also highlighted the novelties of the system being able to predict beaching events and developing alerts tailored to specific stakeholders such as fishing, tourism, critical infrastructure.
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