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Sustainability and the Caribbean: A Solution to Sargassum Seaweed Invasions
“For over a decade, the Caribbean region has suffered economically, socially, and ecologically from sargassum seaweed inundations, caused by climate change and agricultural runoff. This talk will discuss Sargassum Ocean Sequestration of Carbon (SOS Carbon) as a method for disposing the invading sargassum via pumping it to a depth in the ocean where hydrostatic pressure renders it negatively buoyant, creating greenhouse gas offsets in the process. This idea was developed at MIT and spun out of research from Prof. Alexander Slocum’s Precision Engineering Research Group (PERG). Professor Slocum, Luke Gray ‘18 ’20, and Andres Bisonó León will speak about how they designed and developed a machine that can be outfitted to small artisanal fishing boats for nearshore sargassum harvesting, which will enable Caribbean-wide cleanup and create jobs for the local economy.”

Mar 11, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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