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OCEAN COLOR FROM SPACE: Indian Ocean Monsoon

Indian Ocean Monsoon #1 Indian Ocean Monsoon #2

 

Monsoonal variations in the Indian Ocean give rise to seasonal changes in phytoplankton concentrations.Here, following a period of pre-monsoon calm (May-June, composite, left), strong summer southwesterly monsoon winds generate upwelling of nutrient-rich waters, leading to the development of bloom conditions (September-October composite, right).

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