The Upper-Layer Circulation of the Japan Sea


Amy S. Bower, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Physical Oceanography Dept., MS#21
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Telephone: (508) 289-2781

Heather Furey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Clark 318A, MS#21
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Telephone: 508 289-2916
FAX: 508 457-2181

Award Numbers

N00014-98-1-0184 and N00014-00-1-0688

Project Overview

The circulation of the Japan/East Sea is characterized by significant temporal and spatial variability due to several factors, including seasonal fluctuations in the warm inflow through Tsushima Strait, branching of the Tsushima Warm Current downstream of the strait, and the formation of mesoscale eddies along these branches. The long-range objective of the Japan/East Sea study is to understand the dynamical processes that govern this variability.

Temperature structure and circulation of the East China, southern Yellow, and southeastern Japan/East seas from four AXBT surveys provide high-resolution coverage of these regions and provide the first synoptic view of quasi-seasonal (September, February, and May) surface to 400-m temperature structure for the region.

In-depth Overview (PDF document)