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A review on the South China Sea western boundary current
Fang, GH; Wang, G; Fang, Y; Fang, WD; wangg@fio.org.cn
2012
Source PublicationACTA OCEANOLOGICA SINICA
ISSN0253-505X
Volume31Issue:5Pages:41284
AbstractThe advances in understanding the South China Sea (SCS) western boundary current (SCSwbc) have been reviewed since the works of Dale (1956) and Wyrtki (1961) in the middle of the 20th century. The features of the pattern of SCSwbc and the oceanic phenomena associated with it are focused on. The current is driven mainly by monsoon over the SCS and partially by winds over the tropical Pacific governed by the island rule. The SCSwbc exhibits strong seasonal variation in its direction and patterns. In winter, the current is strong and flows southwestward along the South China shelf and slope from the east of Dongsha Islands to the northern central Vietnamese coast, then turns to the south along the central and southern Vietnamese coast, and finally partially exits the SCS through the Karimata Strait. In summer and early fall, the SCSwbc can be divided into three segments based on their characteristics. The southern segment is stable, flowing northward from the Karimata Strait up to about 11A degrees N, where it separates from the coast forming an eastward offshore current. The separation of the current from Vietnamese coast induces some striking features, such as upwelling and cold sea-surface temperature. The middle segment off the central Vietnamese coast may have a bimodal behavior: northward coastal current and meandering current in early summer (June-July), and cyclonic gyre in later summer and early fall (August-September). The northern segment is featured by the summer SCS Warm Current on the South China shelf and a southwestward subsurface current along the continental slope.
Department[Fang Guohong; Wang Gang] State Ocean Adm, Inst Oceanog 1, Key Lab Marine Sci & Numer Modeling, Qingdao 266061, Peoples R China; [Wang Gang] State Ocean Adm, Inst Oceanog 1, Key Lab Data Anal & Applicat, Qingdao 266061, Peoples R China; [Fang Yue] State Ocean Adm, Inst Oceanog 1, Ctr Ocean & Climate Res, Qingdao 266061, Peoples R China; [Fang Wendong] Chinese Acad Sci, S China Sea Inst Oceanol, State Key Lab Trop Oceanog, Guangzhou 510301, Guangdong, Peoples R China
KeywordSouth China Sea Western Boundary Current Vietnam Offshore Current Upwelling Subsurface Current
Subject AreaOceanography
Language英语
Funding ProjectLTO
WOS IDWOS:000309856200001
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.scsio.ac.cn/handle/344004/10109
Collection热带海洋环境国家重点实验室(LTO)
Corresponding Authorwangg@fio.org.cn
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Fang, GH,Wang, G,Fang, Y,et al. A review on the South China Sea western boundary current[J]. ACTA OCEANOLOGICA SINICA,2012,31(5):41284.
APA Fang, GH,Wang, G,Fang, Y,Fang, WD,&wangg@fio.org.cn.(2012).A review on the South China Sea western boundary current.ACTA OCEANOLOGICA SINICA,31(5),41284.
MLA Fang, GH,et al."A review on the South China Sea western boundary current".ACTA OCEANOLOGICA SINICA 31.5(2012):41284.
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