Investigations of the seasonal and inter-annual variations of phytoplankton blooms in the Arabian Gulf using satellite data

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Abstract

The Arabian Gulf is a semi enclosed large water body that experiences seasonal variations and reversal of it water currents flow circulation. The Gulf waters and the north eastern Arabian Sea are characterized by high primary productivity and strong phytoplankton blooms at different times of the year. This research utilizes MODISA chlorophyll concentrations of the Gulf waters along with water and air currents patterns to identify the factors and mechanisms that regulate the variations of the chlorophyll concentrations. The major findings from this investigation is that observed chlorophyll concentrations start to increase in August reaching a peak in December due to the upwelling of bottom water currents driven by the north to north-westerly wind currents, or summer Shamal, during June-August. In the Gulf of Oman and the north eastern Arabian Sea, chlorophyll concentrations start to increase in December reaching their maximum in March due to the increased outflow from the Arabian Gulf during December-February.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3874-3877
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781479957750
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 4 2014
EventJoint 2014 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2014 and the 35th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, CSRS 2014 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: Jul 13 2014Jul 18 2014

Publication series

NameInternational Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)

Other

OtherJoint 2014 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2014 and the 35th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, CSRS 2014
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityQuebec City
Period7/13/147/18/14

Keywords

  • Arabian Gulf
  • Phytoplankton
  • Shamal winds
  • chlorophyll

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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