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CBO is working to develop a decision-support and coastal protection system to address the massive influx of Sargassum (invasive algae) normally found in Caribbean oceans. Sargassum is a type of algae that provides an environment for distinctive and specialized marine life, but the abundance of the algae threatens marine fauna and tourism, and could result in long-term cause coastal dead zones.

The research team will collaborate with tourism and government agencies to design an inter-institutional coastal protection system to anticipate trade-offs of potential response pathways. The project will use scenario analysis, agent-based and optimization modeling, and design thinking to develop new systems.


  • Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur
  • Comunidad y Biodiversidad
  • The Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico



Funding requests pending from regional partners involved in addressing the problem


January 2015 — January 2020