Connection of sea level variability between the tropical western Pacific and the southern Indian Ocean during recent two decades

TitleConnection of sea level variability between the tropical western Pacific and the southern Indian Ocean during recent two decades
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsWang T.Y, Du Y., Zhuang W., Wang J.B
JournalScience China-Earth Sciences
Volume58
Pagination1387-1396
Date Published2015/08
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1674-7313
Accession NumberWOS:000358549800011
Keywordsclimate; equatorial pacific; impacts; Indian Ocean; interannual and interdecadal variabilities; north pacific; region; Rossby waves; sea level/sea surface height; south; throughflow; topography; trends; tropical pacific; waveguide pathway
Abstract

Based on the merged satellite altimeter data and in-situ observations, as well as a diagnosis of linear baroclinic Rossby wave solutions, this study analyzed the rapidly rise of sea level/sea surface height (SSH) in the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans during recent two decades. Results show that the sea level rise signals in the tropical west Pacific and the southeast Indian Ocean are closely linked to each other through the pathways of oceanic waveguide within the Indonesian Seas in the form of thermocline adjustment. The sea level changes in the southeast Indian Ocean are strongly influenced by the low-frequency westward-propagating waves originated in the tropical Pacific, whereas those in the southwest Indian Ocean respond mainly to the local wind forcing. Analyses of the lead-lag correlation further reveal the different origins of interannual and interdecadal variabilities in the tropical Pacific. The interannual wave signals are dominated by the wind variability along the equatorial Pacific, which is associated with the El Nio-Southern Oscillation; whereas the interdecadal signals are driven mainly by the wind curl off the equatorial Pacific, which is closely related to the Pacific Decadal Oscillation.

DOI10.1007/s11430-014-5048-4
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