Atmospheric Modeling Support for CREAMS II: Simulations of Mesoscale Atmospheric Circulation and Forcing in the Japan/East Sea


Dr. Shuyin Chen
University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

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This study seeks to better understand the influence of the wintertime Siberian cold-air outbreaks and their interaction with the complex coastal terrain on the surface forcing of the JES region, and to investigate the effects of the surface winds and air-sea fluxes on the ocean circulation and surface waves in the JES.

We use the Penn State University/National Center for Atmospheric Research atmospheric nonhydrostatic mesoscale model (MM5) to characterize the mesoscale structure of atmospheric synoptic forcing, especially for the wintertime Siberian cold-air near Vladivostok and in the vicinity of the subpolar SST front in the JES, where oceanic deep convection occurs. In collaboration with Dr. Mooers's group at RSMAS/Univ. of Miami, we use the MM5 surface wind and fluxes to test the impact of the high spatial and temporal resolution forcing on the ocean circulation using POM.

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