Mesoscale Eddies of the Western Arabian Sea

The western Arabian Sea is known for a vigorous field of mesoscale eddies. These eddies induce problems in Omani fishery, in the form of sudden changes of artisanal catches, fish kill incidents and oxygen depletions over the Omani shelf. The seasonality of eddy occurrence is poorly understood, but highly desirable in light of the announced extension of the Omani shelf economic zone off shore; the fishery area affected by oceanic eddies will increase.


Comparative Analysis and Predictions of Algal Blooms in the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman

A comprehensive study of seasonal variations of algal blooms in the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Gulf was initiated in the frame of a joint project funded by Sultan Qaboos University and United Arab Emirates University. In carrying out this project, Dr.Sergey Piontkovski (SQU) and Dr.Waleed Hamza (UAEU) are aimed at monthly sampling as well as the assembly of historical data on 24 environmental characteristics (namely solar radiation, atmospheric temperature, wind, aerosols, surface currents, temperature, salinity, concentration of dissolved oxygen, nutrients, phytoplankton, zooplankton, fish larvae abundance, small and large pelagic fish catches).


Western Arabian Sea

The western part of the Arabian Sea is one of the most productive regions of the World Ocean. The maps below exemplify the two modes of biological productivity mediated by changes of the monsoons. Analyses and visualizations used in this study were produced with the Giovanni online data system, developed and maintained by the NASA GES DISC. The South West Monsoon period is the most productive one.
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