Accession Number:

ADA482216

Title:

Determination of the South China Sea Surface Height Variability Using TOPEX/POSEIDON Data

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

The monthly mean TOPEXPOSEIDON crossover data in the South China Sea are used to investigate the spatial and temporal variability of sea surface height anomaly SSHA. Multi-time scale variability is found using the empirical orthogonal function EOF analysis. The seasonal variability dominates SSHA with two spatial patterns basin-wide gyre and north-south double gyres. The intraseasonal variability of SSH has high spatial variability at the continental shelf such as west of Hainan Island and Borneo, and east-west double gyre structure in the deep basin. The interannual variability of SSHA has a north-south double gyre pattern. The scale interaction between seasonal and interannual processes may be taken place at the north-south double gyre pattern.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE