Video monitoring framework in support of sargassum management,
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The waters off Caribbean islands have seen large amounts of Sargassum seaweed during the last years (Wang and Hu, 2016). This record-breaking events of algae blooms and mass stranding started in earnest in 2011, then 2015 saw the next large-scale event and in January 2018, unusually large aggregations of Sargassum have been spotted on satellite imagery (Optical Oceanography Laboratory, n.d.). Normally, when floating offshore Sargassum provide important habitat and refuge to a large diversity of animals. However, while weeds approach nearshore and beach, due to currents and winds actions, in such massive quantities, they start to be deathtrap for many animals and contribute to the degradation of important coastal habitats, threatening coastal activities and ecosystems. The decomposing mass, which can be several meters high, creates oily slicks in its wake and releases a foul odor, damaging tourism activities since the sight and smell left beaches highly unappealing. Both satel.....
Title of BookSCACR2019 – International Short Course/Conference on Applied Coastal Research Engineering, Geology, Ecology & Management, Sep 2019, Bari, Italy.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.2
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Macroalgal canopy cover and composition
Maturity LevelTRL 8 Actual system completed and "mission qualified" through test and demonstration in an operational environment (ground or space)
Best Practice TypeManual (incl. handbook, guide, cookbook etc)
Spatial CoverageCaribbean Sea
CitationValentini, N. et al (2019) Video monitoring framework in support of sargassum management. Presented at: SCACR2019 – International Short Course/Conference on Applied Coastal Research Engineering, Geology, Ecology & Management, Sep 2019, Bari, Italy, 7pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-862