In some shallow areas, the bloom was hard to recognize due to shallow bottom or/and the presence of suspended sediments, as revealed by the bright feature in the ERGB images. Since late February 2009, the bloom patch began to move toward the Strait of Hormuz and out into the Gulf of Oman.
The satellite image collected on February 27 2009 showed that the bloom patch extended from the Strait of Hormuz to almost over the entire Gulf of Oman. This may be caused by the convergence of two bloom patches, one flowing out of the Strait of Hormuz from the Arabian Gulf and the other flowing northward from the Arabian Sea. This spatial distribution pattern remained till early April 2009. Since late April 2009, the bloom patch moved back into Etoposide order the Arabian Gulf again. From May to late June 2009, the bloom patch was mainly found along the western coast of UAE to the Strait of Hormuz, and in the eastern Gulf of Oman. From late July 2009 on, the bloom patch shrank gradually. In late August 2009, the bloom patch was gone. Although
areas where the bloom patches were found in previous images had no valid satellite-derived chlorophyll-a data on August 30 2009, examination of all images one month after August 30 2009 indicated no suspicious features. Fig. 4 shows the surface current vectors for dates corresponding to one day before those presented in Fig. 2 and Fig. 3. The movement patterns of bloom patches agreed well with numerical model results. These observations are in good agreement with previous similar studies where satellite observations Plasmin Selleck TSA HDAC were found to be a
valuable source of information to track the dynamic of red tide blooms over large areas (Hu et al., 2011 and Zhao et al., 2013). Being aware of the initiation process and spatial dynamic of red tide blooms can be profitable for biogeochemical forecasting models and provide evidence and operational guidelines for future decision-making mechanisms and emergency response actions. However, identifying the sources of nutrient supply to support and maintain blooms is not straightforward and has always posed a challenge to researchers. Since the outbreak of the 2008 bloom did not coincide with any record of large river discharges (Nezlin et al., 2010) and the freshwater inputs are low in the studied region, the bloom must have been initiated by other non-fluvial sources. Richlen et al. (2010) suggested that the bloom may be related to physical forcing in the Arabian Sea, such as convective mixing. To investigate the potential role of physical forcing in triggering the 2008 bloom, surface ocean circulations from a HYCOM model were examined for the period preceding the first detected bloom patch observed on August 26 2008 (Fig. 2). The ocean circulation results indicated that the flow fields were upwelling favorable from August 7 onward. One example is shown in Fig. 5a.