• Seasonal variability of sea-surface temperature fronts associated with large marine ecosystems in the north Indian Ocean

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      SST fronts; frontal systems; Arabian Sea; Bay of Bengal; potential fishing zones.

    • Abstract


      We use 14 years of satellite-derived sea-surface temperature (SST) data to compute a monthly frontal probability index (FPI) to determine the existence of a front in a pixel. A persistent SST front is deemed to exist if the FPI in a narrow region exceeds that in the surrounding ocean. We describe the seasonal variability of 17 persistent SST fronts (eight associated with the shelf-slope boundary and five with the mixing between different water masses) in the north Indian Ocean. Only weak fronts exist during a few months in the strong upwelling regimes off Somalia and Oman.

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      Kankan Sarkar1 2 Aparna S G1 Shrikant Dora1 Shankar D1

      1. CSIR–National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa 403 004, India.
      2. Department of Mathematics, Malda College, Malda, West Bengal 732 101, India.
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