On the seasonal variations of ocean bottom pressure in the world oceans
Huang, Rui Xin
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Seasonal variability of the ocean bottom pressure (OBP) in the world oceans is investigated using 15 years of GRACE observations and a Pressure Coordinate Ocean Model (PCOM). In boreal winter, negative OBP anomalies appear in the northern North Pacific, subtropical South Pacific and north of 40 °S in the Indian Ocean, while OBP anomaly in the Southern Ocean is positive. The summer pattern is opposite to that in winter. The centers of positive (negative) OBP signals have a good coherence with the mass convergence/divergence due to Ekman transport, indicating the importance of wind forcing. The PCOM model reproduces the observed OBP quite well. Sensitivity experiments indicate that wind forcing dominates the regional OBP seasonal variations, while the contributions due to heat flux and freshwater flux are unimportant. Experiments with daily sea level pressure (SLP) forcing suggest that at high frequencies the non-static effect of SLP is not negligible.
© The Author(s), 2021. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. The definitive version was published in Cheng, X., Ou, N., Chen, J., & Huang, R. X. On the seasonal variations of ocean bottom pressure in the world oceans. Geoscience Letters, 8(1), (2021): 29, https://doi.org/10.1186/s40562-021-00199-3.
Suggested CitationCheng, X., Ou, N., Chen, J., & Huang, R. X. (2021). On the seasonal variations of ocean bottom pressure in the world oceans. Geoscience Letters, 8(1), 29.
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