Articles | Volume 13, issue 4
Research article
23 Feb 2016
Research article |  | 23 Feb 2016

Challenges in modeling spatiotemporally varying phytoplankton blooms in the Northwestern Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman

S. Sedigh Marvasti, A. Gnanadesikan, A. A. Bidokhti, J. P. Dunne, and S. Ghader


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (09 Oct 2015) by Laurent Bopp
AR by Seyedehsafoura Sedigh Marvasti on behalf of the Authors (17 Nov 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (07 Dec 2015) by Laurent Bopp
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (21 Dec 2015)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (06 Jan 2016) by Laurent Bopp
AR by Seyedehsafoura Sedigh Marvasti on behalf of the Authors (13 Jan 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (01 Feb 2016) by Laurent Bopp
Short summary
This study examines challenges in modeling phytoplankton blooms in Northwestern Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman. Blooms in the region show strong modulation both by seasons and in the wintertime by eddies. However getting both of these correct is a challenge in a set of state-of-the-art global Earth System models. It is argued that maintaining a sharp pycnocline may be the key for preventing the wintertime bloom from being too strong and for allowing eddies to modulate upward mixing of nutrients.
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