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Destructive Cyclone Phyan Benefited Marine Life: Study

22 August 2011

PANAJI: Cyclone Phyan which hit the Konkan-Goa shore in 2009 was a calamity in terms of lives lost and property destroyed.

But researchers say that it benefited the marine life in the Arabian Sea.

A recently-published study by researchers at Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) on the impact of Phyan shows that it gave a boost to the marine life.

“Cyclones are known for destruction of life and property on the land, but they often augment life in the ocean through upward pumping of nutrients,” according to the study by scientists Byju P and Prasannakumar S. This leads to thriving marine life in upper layers of the sea, they say, adding that “thus…. The Arabian Sea could become more productive” as a consequence.

The researchers studied Phyan’s impact on the ocean biology and carbon dioxide exchange over the Eastern Arabian Sea, using remote-sensing data sets……

Read more: http://news.outlookindia.com/item.aspx?732059

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Written by csirindia

August 23, 2011 at 7:17 am

Posted in NIO

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