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French-American Workshop on Sargassum
by Robert Mihovil
Saturday, January 20, 2018

French-American Workshop on SargassumJanuary 17-19, 2018 - The critical evolution of massive landings of Sargassum over the past few years has raised concerns from economic and scientific standpoints. Several scientific initiatives in France and the USA were undertaken to understand the origins of Sargassum landings in unusual areas, forecast and model the travel routes of Sargassum rafts, evaluate the impact of Sargassum overgrowth on marine ecosystems, as well as engineer the collection and the processing of Sargassum.

In order to share insights and approaches to the multiple issues of Sargassum and to encourage the coordination of French-American scientific collaborations, the Office for Science & Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States, Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) and the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement - IRD) organized a two day workshop on the campus of Texas A&M at Galveston January 17-19, 2018.

The purpose of the workshop was to bring together scientists (marine biologists, oceanographers, algologists, physicists, remote sensing scientists) working on Sargassum from different perspectives in order to share expertise, develop mutual awareness and foster French-American collaborative research on this issue.   

A welcoming reception was held for the participants at Tremont House Hotel, Stephen F Austin Banquet Room on Wednesday, January 17th from 6pm to 9pm.  Approximately 50 persons attended the function.   

Welcoming and introductions were by James D. Yarbrough, Mayor of Galveston; Colonel Michael E. Fossum, Vice President, Texas A&M University at Galveston;and Minh-Hà Pham, Counselor for Science and Technology of the French Embassy.     

(Information provided from press releases courtesy of Tom Linton)

Photographs by Galveston Photographer Robert Mihovil, (409)771-5668

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