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Scientists to study coastal evolution in Oman
Khaleej Times Online > REGION
8 November 2010, MUSCAT

A team of scientists has begun a study of coastal evolution in Oman and climate change and its impact on the country.

The project is partially sponsored by the German Research Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG), and the team consists of geosciences professors and research assistants from the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and its German parent-university RWTH Aachen University.
Green water off Oman in the Arabian Sea

Green water off Oman in the Arabian Sea
 Credit Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
This true-color Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from October  shows what is likely to be the impact of the southwest monsoon season on the biological productivity of the waters of the Arabian Sea. During the southwest, or summer, monsoon season, winds blow steadily from the southwest along the coast of Oman, setting up an ocean current that flows northeast.

SQU-TRC project to unravel the mystery behind regime shifts in ecosystem

Muscat Daily Staff Writer , November 21, 2010

A project funded by The Research Council (TRC) in partnership with the Ministry of Fisheries and Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) is analysing the concept of regime shifts in our ecosystem.

As part of this project, intermittent changes of physical and chemical characteristics of water mass, species abundance and diversity over 15 years (1997- 2012) will be analysed. It has been found that red tides, often used to describe harmful algal blooms (HABs) in marine coastal areas, are red or brown and tint the sea water to a reddish colour due to the presence of marine organisms.

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