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Response of upper ocean cooling off northeastern Taiwan to typhoon passages

TitleResponse of upper ocean cooling off northeastern Taiwan to typhoon passages
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsZheng Z.W, Zheng Q.A, Gopalakrishnan G, Kuo Y.C, Yeh T.K
JournalOcean Modelling
Date Published2017/07
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1463-5003
Accession NumberWOS:000404495800009
KeywordsContinental shelf; continental-shelf; coordinate; eddy features; gulf-of-mexico; hurricane; Kuroshio intrusion; model; Regional Ocean Modeling System; south china sea; surface; tropical cyclone isaac; typhoons; Upwelling; wave wake

A comprehensive investigation of the typhoon induced upper ocean processes and responses off northeastern Taiwan was conducted. Using the Regional Ocean Modeling System, the upper ocean responses of all typhoons striking Taiwan between 2005 and 2013 were simulated. In addition to Kuroshio intrusion, the present study demonstrates another important mechanism of typhoon induced near-inertial currents over the continental shelf of East China Sea, which can also trigger a distinct cooling (through entrainment mixing) within this region. Results indicate that the processes of typhoon inducing distinct cooling off northeastern Taiwan are conditional phenomena (only similar to 12% of typhoons passing Taiwan triggered extreme cooling there). Subsequently, by executing a series of sensitivity experiments and systematic analyses on the behaviors and background conditions of all those typhoon cases, key criteria determining the occurrences of cooling through both mechanisms were elucidated. Occurrences of cooling through the Kuroshio intrusion mechanism are determined mainly by the strength of the local wind over northeastern Taiwan. A distinct cooling triggered by enhanced near-inertial currents is shown to be associated with the process of wind-current resonance. Both processes of Kuroshio intrusion and enhanced near-inertial currents are dominated by wind forcing rather than upper oceanic conditions. Based on the recent findings on the possible dynamic linkage between sea surface temperature near northeast Taiwan and local weather systems, the results elucidated in this study lay the foundation for further improvement in the regional weather prediction surrounding northeast Taiwan. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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