The Pacific North Equatorial Current: New insights from the Origins of the Kuroshio and Mindanao Currents (OKMC) Project

TitleThe Pacific North Equatorial Current: New insights from the Origins of the Kuroshio and Mindanao Currents (OKMC) Project
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsQiu B., Rudnick D.L, Cerovecki I, Cornuelle BD, Chen S., Schonau M.C, McClean JL, Gopalakrishnan G
JournalOceanography
Volume28
Pagination24-33
Date Published2015/12
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1042-8275
Accession NumberWOS:000368447000005
Keywordsbifurcation; circulation; climate; interannual variability; model; ocean; philippines; sea-level; undercurrent jets; waters; western boundary currents
Abstract

Located at the crossroads of the tropical and subtropical circulations, the westward-flowing North Equatorial Current (NEC) and its subsequent bifurcation off the Philippine coast near 13 degrees N serve as important pathways for heat and water mass exchanges between the mid- and low-latitude North Pacific Ocean. Because the western Pacific warm pool, with sea surface temperatures > 28 degrees C, extends poleward of 17 degrees N in the western North Pacific, the bifurcation and transport partitioning of the NEC into the Kuroshio and Mindanao Currents are likely to affect the temporal evolution of the warm pool through lateral advection. In addition to its influence on physical conditions, NEC variability is also important to the regional biological properties and the fisheries along the Philippine coast and in the western Pacific Ocean. This article synthesizes our current understandings of the NEC, especially those garnered through the recent Origins of the Kuroshio and Mindanao Current (OKMC) project.

DOI10.5670/oceanog.2015.78
Short TitleOceanography
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