The South American Research Group on Coastal Ecosystems was established to assess marine diversity and biomass along both coasts of South America through an international collaboration. The main goals of SARCE are to:
- Test hypotheses about latitudinal gradients and patterns of local and regional biodiversity
- Identify the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
- Assess the effect of environmental gradients and anthropogenic stressors
- Carry out capacity building and training activities aimed to solve environmental problems for the benefit of society
The SARCE network includes more than 30 researchers from 9 South American coastal countries and has sampled with a standardized protocol in more than 50 sites around the continent.
SARCE is sponsored by TOTAL Foundation through the project Marine diversity and biomass assessments on coastal ecosystems in South America: Ecosystem function, monitoring, and human impacts.