Upper Ocean Hydrography and Currents in the Japan Sea
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY
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The long-term goal of this project is to better understand the properties of the upper portion of the water column in the Japan Sea. It is important to understand the seasonal cycle in the upper 1000 m of the Japan Sea how the Sea stratifies in spring and summer and how it forms a mixed layer in fall and winter, sometimes with deep convection occurring. I want to be able to study the circulation and hydrography of the upper 1000 m of the Japan Sea over at least a few complete seasonal cycles in order to understand the process of mixed-layer formation and destruction there. In some ways the Japan Sea behaves as a subtropical ocean, and in other ways it is more like a subarctic one as a result, it is a useful laboratory for studying many oceanographic processes that occur throughout the world ocean. I plan to use PALACE floats in this study, and the work discussed here will fit into a larger program in the Japan Sea with about 20 PIs.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology