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Environmental Assessment of Water Quality in Kuwait Bay


Authors: N. Al-Mutairi, A. Abahussain, and A. Al-Battay
Abstract: Present study aimed to assess the spatial and temporal variations of water quality in Kuwait Bay from six stations between 2009 to 2011. The results showed that the concentration of phosphorus (PO4), nitrate (NO3) and dissolved oxygen(DO) fluctuated over time and space. Six stations were significantly grouped into two main classes by cluster analysis, one group located in western side of the Bay and other in eastern side. Three principal component are responsible for water quality variations in the Bay. The first component included DO and pH. The second included PO4 and NO3, and the last component contained seawater temperature and turbidity. Water quality in Kuwait Bay is influenced by seasonal variations and discharges from point sources of pollution along Kuwait Bay’s coast as well as from Shat Al-Arab River. Redesign spatial strategy of monitoring stations is required to cover most degraded areas in Kuwait Bay such Sulaibikhat Bay.


Published in: International Journal of Environmental Science and Development ;vol. 5(no. 6):pp. 527-532
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