The beaches of Galveston Island experience an annual beach cast of Sargassum ("seaweed") during late spring/early summer - a season of significant economic input to the island and county. This accumulation inspires much debate among numerous stakeholders including property owners, business owners, recreational fishers, tourists, and local, county, and state governmental entitites. The data and reports in this collection study the impact of the sargassum on the beaches including erosion processes, and support forecasting the arrival of large drifts of the sargassum.

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