7 May 2016 Spatio-temporal evolution of chlorophyll-a in the Bay of Bengal: a remote sensing and bio-argo perspective
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Argo floats equipped with sensors to measure Dissolved Oxygen, Chlorophyll-a and backscattering are deployed in the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Southern Indian Ocean as part of Indian Argo program. In this study, abnormal chlorophyll-a bloom observed by a float with WMO ID 2902086 deployed in the south central Bay of Bengal is analyzed. High concentration of chlorophyll > 0.8 mg/l is observed during December 2013. This period is also associated with drop in temperature and increase in salinity. Analysis of data from the bio-Argo float has shown the impact of many cyclones and depressions that occurred during the period. Of particular importance is cyclone ‘Madi’, which passed very near to the position of mentioned float, during December 2013. This is also evident from the satellite based wind observations from OSCAT through curl of wind stress and Ekman pumping. The sub-surface chlorophyll bloom is substantiated by the surface chlorophyll-a values of MODIS during the period. Intense mixing caused due to the passage of cyclone might have resulted in mixing of subsurface waters thereby breaking the stratification of otherwise stable surface waters of Bay of Bengal, enhancing the nutrient supply, which resulted in strong chlorophyll bloom. The subsurface chlorophyll structure of Bay of Bengal and its variability during the passage of cyclone is for the first time revealed by the floats equipped with biological sensors. This work reveals the synergistic application of in-situ (Bio- Argo) and satellite data to monitor the changes in subsurface structure during the passage of cyclones.
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T. V. S. Udaya Bhaskar, Chiranjivi Jayaram, P. Rama Rao E., K. H. Rao, "Spatio-temporal evolution of chlorophyll-a in the Bay of Bengal: a remote sensing and bio-argo perspective", Proc. SPIE 9878, Remote Sensing of the Oceans and Inland Waters: Techniques, Applications, and Challenges, 98780Z (7 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223880; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2223880
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