Correlation between subsurface high-salinity water in the northern South China Sea and the North Equatorial Current–Kuroshio circulation system from HYCOM simulations
Summary: Here, we investigated the seasonal variability of subsurface high-salinity water (SHSW) in the northern South China Sea (SCS) and its relationship with the North Equatorial Current-Kuroshio circulation system. Results give new insight into water exchange through the Luzon Strait (LS). The changes in western Pacific large-scale circulation modulate the water exchange in the LS, and thus influence the SHSW in the interior SCS basin.
Ocean Sci., 11, 305-312, doi:10.5194/os-11-305-2015, 2015
Tidal forcing, energetics, and mixing near the Yermak Plateau
Summary: Over the Yermak Plateau northwest of Svalbard there is substantial energy conversion from barotropic to internal tides. Internal tides are trapped along the topography. An approximate local conversion-to-dissipation balance is found over shallows and also in the deep part of the sloping flanks. Dissipation of tidal energy can be a significant contributor to turbulent mixing and cooling of the Atlantic layer in the Arctic Ocean.
Ocean Sci., 11, 287-304, doi:10.5194/os-11-287-2015, 2015
In situ autonomous optical radiometry measurements for satellite ocean color validation in the Western Black Sea
Summary: The accuracy of primary satellite ocean color data products from MODIS on-board Aqua and the VIIRS is investigated using in situ measurements from the ocean color component of the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET-OC). Results from the comparison of normalized water-leaving radiance LWN indicate biases of a few percent between satellite-derived and in situ data at the center wavelengths relevant for the determination of chlorophyll-a concentration.
Ocean Sci., 11, 275-286, doi:10.5194/os-11-275-2015, 2015
Technical Note: Watershed strategy for oceanic mesoscale eddy splitting
Summary: This study established a splitting strategy that could separate multinuclear eddies into mononuclear eddies. As the values of eddy parameters (e.g. SLA, geostrophic potential vorticity, Okubo–Weiss parameter) are similar to basins in a map, the natural divisions of the basins are the watersheds between them. It can also be applied to automatic identification of troughs and ridges from weather charts. We denoted it the Universal Splitting Technology for Circulations (USTC) method.
Ocean Sci., 11, 269-273, doi:10.5194/os-11-269-2015, 2015
A geographical and seasonal comparison of nitrogen uptake by phytoplankton in the Southern Ocean
Summary: Phytoplankton contribute to the regulation of the Earth's climate. In this study, we investigated the factors which affect the amount of nitrogen that phytoplankton in the Southern Ocean are able to use for their growth. We collected data during a winter cruise and a summer cruise. We found that in winter, day light and the amount of ammonium (a nitrogenous nutrient) were the two most important factors. In summer, it seems that the influx of nutrients (such as iron) plays a major role.
Ocean Sci., 11, 251-267, doi:10.5194/os-11-251-2015, 2015
Constraining energetic slope currents through assimilation of high-frequency radar observations
Ocean Sci., 11, 237-249, doi:10.5194/os-11-237-2015, 2015
Temperature–salinity distribution in the northeastern Atlantic from ship and Argo vertical casts
Summary: The present study defines new interpolation functions for hydrological data. These functions are applied to generate climatological maps of temperature-salinity distribution with a 25m depth interval and a 30km space interval (MEDTRANS data set). The MEDTRANS climatology gives more details of the distribution of water characteristics in the subtropical northeastern Atlantic than other alternative climatologies and is able to reproduce a number of dynamic features described in the literature.
Ocean Sci., 11, 215-236, doi:10.5194/os-11-215-2015, 2015
Argo data assimilation into HYCOM with an EnOI method in the Atlantic Ocean
Ocean Sci., 11, 195-213, doi:10.5194/os-11-195-2015, 2015
Roles of initial ocean surface and subsurface states on successfully predicting 2006–2007 El Niño with an intermediate coupled model
Ocean Sci., 11, 187-194, doi:10.5194/os-11-187-2015, 2015
A wind-driven nonseasonal barotropic fluctuation of the Canadian inland seas
Summary: A wind-driven, spatially coherent mode of nonseasonal depth-independent variability in the Canadian inland seas is identified based on observational measurements and a numerical model over 2003--2013. This dominant mode of nonseasonal variability is partly related to the North Atlantic Oscillation. The mode is associated with net flows into and out of the Canadian inland seas as well as internal mass redistribution within the Canadian inland seas.
Ocean Sci., 11, 175-185, doi:10.5194/os-11-175-2015, 2015
Coastal sea level response to the tropical cyclonic forcing in the northern Indian Ocean
Summary: This study examines the observed storm-generated sea-level variations at several Indian coastal locations in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal and identifies them as storm surges and harbour oscillations. The residual sea levels measured from sea-level stations in AS have been identified as Kelvin-type surges propagating northwards with almost constant amplitude. Multilinear regression analysis using local surface meteorological data is able to account for ~63% of daily mean sea level.
Ocean Sci., 11, 159-173, doi:10.5194/os-11-159-2015, 2015
Using empirical orthogonal functions derived from remote-sensing reflectance for the prediction of phytoplankton pigment concentrations
Summary: We have developed a method to assess pigment concentrations from continuous optical measurements by applying an empirical orthogonal function analysis to remote-sensing reflectance data derived from hyperspectral ship-based and multispectral satellite measurements in the Atlantic Ocean. The method allows for the derivation of time series from continuous reflectance data of various pigment groups at various regions, which can be used to study phytoplankton composition and photophysiology.
Ocean Sci., 11, 139-158, doi:10.5194/os-11-139-2015, 2015
Measuring air–sea gas-exchange velocities in a large-scale annular wind–wave tank
Summary: Our article presents successful gas exchange measurements obtained in a large-scale wind-wave tank. The adopted box model methodology, experimental produce and instrumentation are described in detail. For the first time, parallel measurements of total transfer velocities for 14 individual gases within a wide range of solubility have been achieved. Various wind speed conditions and the effect of surfactant layers have been investigated providing exciting results.
Ocean Sci., 11, 121-138, doi:10.5194/os-11-121-2015, 2015
Comparative heat and gas exchange measurements in the Heidelberg Aeolotron, a large annular wind-wave tank
Summary: A comparative study of simultaneous heat and gas exchange measurements was performed in the large annular Heidelberg Air-Sea Interaction Facility, the Aeolotron, under homogeneous water surface conditions, including the measurement of the Schmidt number exponent. Provided the Schmidt number exponent is known and that the heated patch is large enough to reach the thermal equilibrium, it is possible to scale heat transfer velocities measured by active thermography to gas transfer velocities.
Ocean Sci., 11, 111-120, doi:10.5194/os-11-111-2015, 2015
Consequences of artificial deepwater ventilation in the Bornholm Basin for oxygen conditions, cod reproduction and benthic biomass – a model study
Summary: The hydrographical and ecological changes in the deep part of the Bornholm Basin in response to pumping well-oxygenated so-called winter water down to the greatest depth are investigated. By pumping 1000 m3s-1, the rates of water exchange and oxygen supply increase by 2.5 and 3 times, respectively. Anoxic bottoms should no longer occur and hypoxic events will become rare. This should mean much improved conditions for successful cod reproduction, extensive colonization of fauna on earlier periodi
Ocean Sci., 11, 93-110, doi:10.5194/os-11-93-2015, 2015
An alternative method for correcting fluorescence quenching
Summary: To protect from light stress, phytoplankton inhibit photosynthesis and suppress fluorescence through the process of quenching. This makes them invisible to fluorometers. Conventionally, quenching is corrected by taking maximum fluorescence yield in a surface mixed layer (MLD) and filling in the invisible proportion. This is only valid in waters where turbulence is high and phytoplankton are uniformly mixed. Here, we show that correcting from Zeu is a robust alternative to correcting from MLD
Ocean Sci., 11, 83-91, doi:10.5194/os-11-83-2015, 2015
Improved sea level record over the satellite altimetry era (1993–2010) from the Climate Change Initiative project
Summary: This paper presents various respective data improvements achieved within the European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Change Initiative (ESA CCI) project on sea level during its first phase (2010-2013), using multi-mission satellite altimetry data over the 1993-2010 time span.
Ocean Sci., 11, 67-82, doi:10.5194/os-11-67-2015, 2015
Thermohaline properties in the Eastern Mediterranean in the last three decades: is the basin returning to the pre-EMT situation?
Summary: The results of this study reveal that the thermohaline properties in the study area in 2011 lie between the thermohaline characteristics of the EMT and those of the pre-EMT phase, indicating a possible slow return towards the latter. It highlights the relationship between the hydrological property distribution of the upper layer in the Levantine basin and the alternate circulation regimes in the Ionian, which modulates the salinity distribution in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Ocean Sci., 11, 53-66, doi:10.5194/os-11-53-2015, 2015
Modelling of underwater light fields in turbid and eutrophic waters: application and validation with experimental data
Ocean Sci., 11, 33-52, doi:10.5194/os-11-33-2015, 2015
Is coccolithophore distribution in the Mediterranean Sea related to seawater carbonate chemistry?
Ocean Sci., 11, 13-32, doi:10.5194/os-11-13-2015, 2015