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ZHANG Zhixiang, LIU Lingling, WANG Fan. Oceanic barrier layer variation induced by tropical cyclones in the Northwest Pacific[J]. HaiyangYuHuZhao, 2019, 37(2): 375-384

Oceanic barrier layer variation induced by tropical cyclones in the Northwest Pacific

ZHANG Zhixiang1,2,4, LIU Lingling1,3,4, WANG Fan1,3,4
1 Key Laboratory of Ocean Circulation and Waves, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266071, China;
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
3 Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Qingdao 266071, China;
4 Center for Ocean Mega-Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266071, China
According to Argo profiles and one-dimensional Price-Weller-Pinkel models, the oceanic barrier layer variation induced by tropical cyclones is adequately analyzed in the Northwest Pacific. Results show that tropical cyclones mainly affect the oceanic barrier layer through intensifying and weakening pre-existed barrier layer. The former even may generate new one after tropical cyclones' passage. The latter can make pre-existed one disappear. Local wind stress and precipitation, the dominant factors, primarily determine the variation of barrier layer. Negative effects of wind mainly focus on the north of 20°N. This phenomenon is more meaningful for slow tropical cyclones. Conversely, positive effects of wind and precipitation center on the south of 20°N in the Northwest Pacific. Some data indicate that the barrier layer variation is also closely related with initial mixed layer depth and barrier layer thickness.
Key words:    Oceanic barrier layer|tropical cyclones|Northwest Pacific|Argo|Price-Weller-Pinkel model   
Received: 2018-01-09   Revised: 2018-03-02
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