Sargassum in the Atlantic and the Caribbean

Atlantic evolution of the Sargassum belt

Map provided by Sailgrib.com

Latest Map from USF – SaWS

Legend of the USF-SaWS Map :

Images are an interpretation of satellite images.

Areas in Black are cloud cover, making it impossible to see if there is sargassum underneath.
Areas in light blue correspond to visible medium-density sargassum.
Yellow indicates areas of high sargassum density.
Red indicates areas of very high sargassum density.

Updated on June 14, 2024

Sargassum map – Caribbean Sea

How are Sargassum stranding forecasts calculated ?

Sargassum movement forecasting method :

Each red dot corresponds to a sargassum patch identified by the “AFAI” thanks to satellites. The sargassum layer is influenced by environmental conditions in the area, such as currents and winds. Based on current forecasts from “HYCOM” and wind forecasts from “NCEP”, it is possible to estimate the trajectory of the sargassum and its possible arrival along Caribbean beaches.

The image in this animation corresponds to 7 days, as you can see from the dates at the top of the image.

These forecasts give a general indication, but their reliability is limited to current knowledge of sargassum.

Updated on June 12, 2024

This information is provided by the Mexican government.

Sargassum trajectories – Diffusion + currents (HYCOM) + windage (NCEP)

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