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dc.contributor.authorZeng, Lili  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorChassignet, Eric P.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorSchmitt, Raymond W.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorXu, Xiaobiao  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorWang, Dongxiao  Concept link
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-03T18:02:29Z
dc.date.available2018-10-12T16:43:46Z
dc.date.issued2018-03-05
dc.identifier.citationGeophysical Research Letters 45 (2018): 2744-2751en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1912/10318
dc.descriptionAuthor Posting. © American Geophysical Union, 2018. This article is posted here by permission of American Geophysical Union for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Geophysical Research Letters 45 (2018): 2744-2751, doi:10.1002/2017GL076574.en_US
dc.description.abstractSalinification has occurred in the South China Sea from late 2012 to the present, as shown by satellite Aquarius/Soil Moisture Active Passive data and Argo float data. This salinification follows a 20 year freshening trend that started in 1993. The salinification signal is strongest near the surface and extends downward under the seasonal thermocline to a depth of 150 m. The salinification occurs when the phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation switches from negative to positive. Diagnosis of the salinity budget suggests that an increasing net surface freshwater loss and the horizontal salt advection through the Luzon Strait driven by the South China Sea throughflow contributed to this ongoing salinification. In particular, a decrease in precipitation and enhanced Luzon Strait transport dominated the current intense salinification. Of particular interest is whether this salinification will continue until it reaches the previous maximum recorded in 1992.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipMajor State Research Development Program of China Grant Number: 2016YFC1402603; National Natural Science Foundation of China Grant Numbers: 41776025, 41476014, 41776026, 41676018; NOAA Climate Program Office MAPP Program Grant Number: NA15OAR4310088; NSF Physical Oceanography Program Grant Number: 1537136; National Science Foundation Grant Number: ICER‐1663704; Pearl River S&T Nova Program of Guangzhou; Open Project Program of State Key Laboratory of Tropical Oceanography Grant Number: LTOZZ1601en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sonsen_US
dc.relation.urihttps://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL076574
dc.subjectSouth China Seaen_US
dc.subjectSalinificationen_US
dc.subjectArgo floatsen_US
dc.subjectAquarius/SMPAen_US
dc.subjectPDOen_US
dc.titleSalinification in the South China Sea since late 2012 : a reversal of the freshening since the 1990sen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.description.embargo2018-09-05en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/2017GL076574


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