Estimation of phytoplankton responses to Hurricane Gonu over the Arabian Sea based on ocean color data

  • Wang D
  • Zhao H
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In this study the authors investigated phytoplankton variations in the Arabian Sea associated with Hurricane Gonu using remote-sensing data of chlorophyll-a (Chl-a), sea surface temperature (SST) and winds. Additional data sets used for the study included the hurricane and Conductivity-Temperature-Depth data. Hurricane Gonu, presenting extremely powerful wind intensity, originated over the central Arabian Sea (near 67.7ºE, 15.1ºN) on June 2, 2007; it traveled along a northwestward direction and made landfall in Iran around June 7. Before Hurricane Gonu, Chl-a data indicated relatively low phytoplankton biomass (0.05-0.2 mg m-3), along with generally high SST (>28.5 ºC) and weak wind (

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  • Arabian Sea
  • Chlorophyll-a concentrations
  • Hurricane
  • Phytoplankton blooms
  • Remote sensing

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  • Dongxiao Wang

  • Hui Zhao

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