About this project

The MERA Project is an innovative beach water quality investigation that considers human behavior, water pollution, and risk of illness to improve beach management and protect public health in Costa Rica, other tropical regions, and throughout the world. This transdisciplinary study brings together scientists from Southern Methodist University, the University of South Florida, and Biological Consulting Services, INC. in collaboration with Costa Rican institutions, Universities, and non-governmental, non-profit organizations.

The project joins pathogen measurements with assessments of beach behavior. Health risks will be quantified and assessed from cultural, economic, and biological perspectives, and subsequently used to recommend societal changes that promote the wellbeing of human health and the sustainability of coastal ecosystems, in Costa Rica and beyond.