This survey is an effort to collect in-situ Sargassum observations to collocate with satellite and model data. Since 2011, large influxes of sargassum are affecting the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, representing a materialized risk for the environment, society, and economy of these regions. There are continuous reports linking massive arrivals of Sargassum to beach inundation, coral reef degradation, tourism industry disruption, coastal erosion, and sea turtle nesting, among other multiple (and mostly negative) impacts.
The purpose of this survey is to gather information about Sargassum observations in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea regions. The core objective of this effort is to create a publicly available database that could be used to validate satellite and forecast products. This dataset is stored and managed by the CoastWatch Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico regional node at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (NOAA/AOML).
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