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Connecting the tropical Pacific with Indian Ocean through South China Sea


Qu, T and Du, Y and Meyers, GA and Ishida, A and Wang, D, Connecting the tropical Pacific with Indian Ocean through South China Sea, Geophysical Research Letters, 32, (1) pp. L24609. ISSN 0094-8276 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1029/2005GL024698


Analysis of wind data over the past 40 years and results from a high-resolution general circulation model has revealed the existence of a previously undescribed. circulation that connects the tropical Pacific with Indian Ocean. As a direct response to the Pacific wind, water of the Pacific origin enters the South China Sea through Luzon Strait, and from there part of the water continues southward into the Java Sea and returns to the Pacific through Makassar Strait. This circulation contains a strong signal of El Niño and Southern Oscillation and appears to have a notable impact on the Indonesian Throughflow heat transport. Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Meyers, GA (Professor Gary Meyers)
ID Code:45986
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:133
Deposited By:Centre for Marine Science
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2009-04-03

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