Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 58, Issue 19, pp 2276–2281 | Cite as

Characteristics of the Bohai Sea oil spill and its impact on the Bohai Sea ecosystem

  • Jie GuoEmail author
  • Xin Liu
  • Qiang Xie
Open Access
Article Special Topic: Change of Biodiversity Patterns in Coastal Zone


In this paper, ENVISAT ASAR data and the Estuary, Coastal and Ocean Model was used to analyze and compare characteristics of the Bohai Sea oil spill. The oil slicks have spread from the point of the oil spill to the east and north-western Bohai Sea. We make a comparison between the changes caused by the oil spill on the chlorophyll concentration and the sea surface temperature using MODIS data, which can be used to analyze the effect of the oil spill on the Bohai Sea ecosystem. We found that the Bohai Sea oil spill caused abnormal chlorophyll concentration distributions and red tide nearby area of oil spill.


ENVISAT ASAR MODIS oil spill chlorophyll sea surface temperature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Coastal Zone Environmental ProcessesChinese Academy of SciencesYantaiChina
  2. 2.Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Coastal Zone Environmental ProcessesYantaiChina
  3. 3.Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone ResearchChinese Academy of SciencesYantaiChina
  4. 4.State Key Laboratory of Tropical Oceanography, South China Sea Institute of OceanologyChinese Academy of SciencesGuangzhouChina
  5. 5.Sanya Institute of Deep-sea Science and EngineeringChinese Academy of SciencesSanyaChina

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