Journal of
Oceanography and Marine Science

  • Abbreviation: J. Oceanogr. Mar. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2294
  • DOI: 10.5897/JOMS
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 62

Full Length Research Paper

Water circulation modeling study upon the construction of al-Dannat development at the Halfmoon Bay, Saudi Arabian Gulf

Kaushik Sasmal*, Hari Warrior and Subhendu Maity
Department of Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur - 721302, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 15 June 2011
  •  Published: 30 September 2011


The present study aims to understand the flow field near the coast of Halfmoon Bay located in the Arabian Gulf arising due to creation of an artificial island by al-Dannat. The study was performed using the state-of-art hydrodynamic model, Princeton ocean model (POM), applied for a detailed analysis of flow conditions, temperature and salinity distributions after the creation of this artificial island. These hydrodynamic conditions are felt to be critical in assessing stagnation of water, which may eventually lead to eutrophication process. The computed maximum current speeds are in the order of 0.03 ms-1, which suffices to produce reasonable ventilation to the Arabian Gulf even after the construction activity.


Key words: Ocean circulation, modeling, stagnation.