Journal of East China Normal University(Natural Sc ›› 2011, Vol. 2011 ›› Issue (6): 26-35.

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Simulation of circulation and sea temperature in the Northwest Pacific

SHEN Qi1, ZHU Jian-rong1, DUAN Yi-hong2, SUN Ming-hua2   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Estuary and Coastal Research, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China;
    2. National Meteorological Center, Beijing 100081, China
  • Received:2010-12-01 Revised:2011-03-01 Online:2011-11-25 Published:2011-11-22

Abstract: Based on the ECOM-si, the circulation and temperature in the Northwest Pacific were simulated. The model includes the water flux at the lateral open boundaries, sea surface wind stress, heat flux, evaporation and precipitation at sea surface and so on. The model validation shows that the simulated sea temperatures are consistent with the section data, which were measured by Japan in the Northwest Pacific in each month of 2008. The model reproduces the North Equatorial Current, which flows westward at the surface in the low latitude Pacific, Kuroshio, which is a strong western boundary current, the Taiwan Warm Current and Tsushima Warm Current, the Coastal Current and Yellow Sea Warm Current and so on. In addition, the sea temperature distribution in the Northwest Pacific as well as in the South China Sea, East China Sea and Yellow Sea is also simulated by this model.

Key words: Northwest Pacific, sea temperature, circulation, numerical simulation

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