Teleconnected SARgassum risks across the Atlantic: building capacity for TRansformational Adaptation in the Caribbean and West Africa.


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.

Key aims and objectives

  1. To identify opportunities for transformational adaptation that can be generated through the management and use of sargassum seaweed. 
  2. To build capacity both within and outside of the consortium to support use of the seaweed by vulnerable coastal communities.

Related links

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Dr Thierry Tonon: Co-leader of the WP3 “Transformation”; Member of the Project Management Board; Co-I Champion for Publications/Further Funding/Legacy.

Principal Investigator

  • Prof. Emma Tompkins, University of Southampton, UK


  • Prof. Kwasi Appeaning-Addo, Co-I, University of Ghana
  • Prof. Janice Cumberbatch, Co-I, University of West Indies - Cave Hill, Barbados
  • Dr. Thierry Tonon, Co-I. University of York, UK
  • Dr. Ava Maxam, Co-I, University of West-Indies- Mona, Jamaica
  • Prof. Jadu Dash, Co-I. University of Southampton, UK
  • Prof. Robert Marsh, Co-I, University of Southampton, UK

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

See SARTRAC website Outputs page:

Related links

SARTRAC LogoTo find out more visit the SARTRAC website