Date of Award
Master of Science
Geological and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Mohamed Sultan
Dr. Carla Koretsky
Dr. R.V. Krishnamurthy
Dr. Peter Voice
Algal blooms, Kuwait Bay, remote sensing, MODIS, statistical models
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The Kuwait Bay and its coastal waters are being threatened by a perpetual hazard, the proliferation of harmful algal blooms (HABS). The frequency of HAB occurrences is a growing problem that is only reported subsequent to the onset of a HAB event. Little effort has been invested in investigating the spatial and temporal distribution of these events in Kuwait Bay and even less is known about their controlling factors. All previous studies within the Kuwait Bay have focused either on measuring nutrient availability and the biodiversity of algal species.
The overall study objective is four-fold: (1) to monitor the spatial and temporal distribution of algal blooms in Kuwait Bay, (2) to monitor and detect toxic algal blooms in Kuwait’s coastal waters, (3) to develop a database that allows for archival, analysis, and dissemination of data and results, and (4) to identify the factors that promote HABs in the Kuwait Bay and which could be identified from remotely acquired data for the purpose of assisting in the development of an early warning system.
Manche, Cameron, "A Remote Sensing Based Early Warning System for Algal Blooms in Kuwait Bay and Coastal Waters" (2014). Master's Theses. 546.