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A sensitivity study of the dense shelf water formation in the Okhotsk Sea

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Title: A sensitivity study of the dense shelf water formation in the Okhotsk Sea
Authors: Sasajima, Y. Browse this author
Hasumi, H. Browse this author
Nakamura, T. Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Issue Date: 10-Nov-2010
Publisher: American Geophysical Union
Journal Title: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 115
Start Page: C11007
Publisher DOI: 10.1029/2009JC005697
Abstract: Sensitivity of Dense Shelf Water (DSW) formation to tidal mixing around the Kuril Straits, wind stress, and river runoff in the Okhotsk Sea is examined by an ice-ocean coupled model. Horizontal resolution of the model is set to 3-8 km in the northern Okhotsk Sea for well resolving the coastal polynyas which is believed to be the principal region of DSW formation. The model shows a good performance in terms of sea ice production and the consequent DSW formation. DSW is also found to be formed in the offshore region apart from the coastal polynya. DSW is defined independently for each experiment such that it identifies the water influenced by brine. By introducing such definition the sensitivity of the DSW formation is assessed separately for change of density and that of formation rate. The density of DSW exhibits high sensitivity to all the elements considered herein, while its formation rate is sensitive only to winds. Winds affect the DSW formation rate mainly by influencing that occurs in the offshore region.
Rights: Copyright 2010 by the American Geophysical Union.
Type: article
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