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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Research Centre of Remote Sensing on Marine Ecology and Environment (RSMEE) and State Key Laboratory of Tropical Oceanography (LTO),South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou,510301, China
Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, ShatinHong Kong, China
Publication date: 2012-12-10
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