Tracking sargassum – from the tropical Atlantic to Caribbean beaches

Robert Marsh (University of Southampton) & co-authors Sargassum seaweed proliferating across the tropical Atlantic since 2011 has a particular destination – windward beaches of the Caribbean. The arrival of sargassum spans spring to late summer, with peak inundations progressively later in the season as we move from east to west. The sargassum drifts with westward…

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How does sargassum grow and die in the open oceans?

Improvements in remote sensing analysis of sargassum events, and field-based measurements of sargassum influxes are showing the distribution of sargassum around the tropical Atlantic. Yet key questions about sargassum remain unknown which make longer term prediction of sargassum events challenging. For example, little is known about the life cycle of sargassum in the open ocean,…

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