Influence of Suspended Solid on in situ and ex situ Chlorophyll-a: A Case Study of Indian Sundarbans

  • Atanu Kumar Raha
  • Kakoli Banerjee
  • Susmita Das
  • Abhijit Mitra


The Indian Sundarbans, at the apex of Bay of Bengal is noted for its rich taxonomic diversity, primary and secondary productivity (Mitra et al., 1992; Mitra et al., 1994). In the Indian Sundarbans, approximately 2069 sq. km of area is occupied by the tidal river system or estuaries, which finally end up in the Bay of Bengal. The seven main riverine estuaries from west to east (that contribute considerable sediment load in the aquatic sub-system) are listed in Table 12.1, along with their salient features. The significant increase of industrial and anthropogenic activities in the upstream zone of the Hooghly- Matla estuary in recent times has aggravated the problem related to suspended load (Mitra et al., 1992; Mitra et al., 1994). The presence of suspended solid has a regulatory influence on the phytoplankton community and primary productivity of the estuarine system.


Suspended Solid Ocean Colour Suspended Sediment Content Indian Remote Sensing Water Leaving Radiance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Atanu Kumar Raha
    • 1
  • Kakoli Banerjee
    • 2
  • Susmita Das
    • 1
  • Abhijit Mitra
    • 2
  1. 1.Directorate of ForestGovt. of West BengalSalt Lake, KolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of Marine ScienceUniversity of CalcuttaKolkataIndia

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