Response of mode water and Subtropical Countercurrent to greenhouse gas and aerosol forcing in the North Pacific

TitleResponse of mode water and Subtropical Countercurrent to greenhouse gas and aerosol forcing in the North Pacific
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsWang LY, Liu QY, Xu LX, Xie SP
JournalJournal of Ocean University of China
Volume12
Pagination222-229
Date Published2013/06
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1672-5182
Accession NumberWOS:000318300200005
Keywordsaerosol; front; gcm; greenhouse gas; mode water; north pacific; ocean; Subtropical Countercurrent; variability; ventilated thermocline
Abstract

The response of the North Pacific Subtropical Mode Water and Subtropical Countercurrent (STCC) to changes in greenhouse gas (GHG) and aerosol is investigated based on the 20th-century historical and single-forcing simulations with the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Climate Model version 3 (GFDL CM3). The aerosol effect causes sea surface temperature (SST) to decrease in the mid-latitude North Pacific, especially in the Kuroshio Extension region, during the past five decades (1950-2005), and this cooling effect exceeds the warming effect by the GHG increase. The STCC response to the GHG and aerosol forcing are opposite. In the GHG (aerosol) forcing run, the STCC decelerates (accelerates) due to the decreased (increased) mode waters in the North Pacific, resulting from a weaker (stronger) front in the mixed layer depth and decreased (increased) subduction in the mode water formation region. The aerosol effect on the SST, mode waters and STCC more than offsets the GHG effect. The response of SST in a zonal band around 40A degrees N and the STCC to the combined forcing in the historical simulation is similar to the response to the aerosol forcing.

DOI10.1007/s11802-013-2193-x
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