Regional Stratification and Shear of the Various Streams Feeding the Philippine Straits
LAMONT-DOHERTY EARTH OBSERVATORY PALISADES NY
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The Analysis of in situ and satellite data with model output to investigate the stratification and shear of the Philippine seas at sub-meso to meso-scales to regional scales, so as to understand their relationship to the larger scale ocean and monsoon forcing. This work contributes to the Characterization and Modeling of Archipelago Strait Dynamics DRI PhilEx goal to enhance our understanding of the oceanographic processes and features arising in and around straits, and improve our capability to predict the inherent spatial and temporal variability of these regions using models and advanced data assimilation techniques. The overall objective of PhilEx was to resolve the circulation and mixing within the Philippine Archipelago and neighboring seas South China Sea, Sulu Sea and boundary with the open Pacific Ocean, across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Features and processes of particular interest are those associated with the interaction of the mean and tidal currents with the strong seasonal forcing at regional and smaller scales, including the effects of the complex topography characteristic, passage constrictions and topographic sills of the Archipelago the interaction of the interior seas of the Philippine Archipelago Mindanao and Sibuyan Seas with the larger scale dynamics dense ventilating overflow into isolated deep basins the response of the circulation to highly textures wind stress curl patterns induced by the Archipelago configuration.