What is it about?
This study examines the use of wind data and citizen science observations to improve the accuracy of satellite-based monitoring and prediction of Sargassum beaching along coastlines. The researchers found that including wind metrics in the analysis significantly enhanced the correspondence between satellite data and coastal observations of Sargassum beaching. The study highlights the complexities of the Sargassum movement and suggests that incorporating wind-driven dynamics can enhance risk assessment and forecasting.
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Why is it important?
Massive blooms of Sargassum algae have posed significant problems to coastal communities and ecosystems in the tropical Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. Monitoring and predicting these occurrences are challenging due to the vast affected area and the complexities associated with Sargassum proliferation and movement. This study contributes to improving the accuracy of monitoring efforts by incorporating wind data and citizen science observations, which can enhance the understanding of Sargassum beaching patterns and aid in developing effective management strategies.
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This page is a summary of: Improving satellite monitoring of coastal inundations of pelagic Sargassum algae with wind and citizen science data, Aquatic Botany, September 2023, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.aquabot.2023.103672.
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