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Pan, G; Tang, DL; Zhang, YZ (2012). Satellite monitoring of phytoplankton in the East Mediterranean Sea after the 2006 Lebanon oil spill. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING, 33(23), 7482-7490.

Multi-source remote-sensing data were used to study the aftermath of the 2006 Lebanon oil spill: Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) 250 m data and advanced synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images were used to delineate the extent of the oil spill; QuikScat data were used to derive the wind field; and MODIS Ocean Colour data were used to demonstrate the variability of chlorophyll-a concentration (Chl-a) and sea surface temperature (SST). No significant changes were found in marine phytoplankton in the first few months after the oil spill. However, a big phytoplankton bloom was observed after 10 months, when Chl-a increased from 0.1 to 1.0 mg m(-3). After considering the time-series variability of Chl-a and SST and the spatial variability of Chl-a and bathymetry, we concluded that this phytoplankton bloom was probably related to the Lebanon oil spill.



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