Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016

Presentation information


Symbol M (Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary) » M-IS Intersection

[M-IS15] Global climate change driven by the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Tue. May 24, 2016 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall HALL6)

Convener:*Minoru Ikehara(Center for Advanced Marine Core Research, Kochi University), Yoshifumi Nogi(National Institute of Polar Research), Kay I. Ohshima(Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University)

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

[MIS15-P11] Southern Ocean eddies observed by Argo floats

*Katsuro Katsumata1 (1.JAMSTEC)

Keywords:Southern Ocean, Eddy

There is no landmass that blocks zonally flowing Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) in the Southern Ocean. This means all meridional transport in the upper layer is driven by non-geostrophic dynamics; the Ekman transport by the westerly jet and by mesoscale eddies. Synoptic observation of these Southern Ocean eddies were limited to the surface where satellite altemetry data are available, but recent increase in number of Argo floats, thanks to the vibrant effort of the community, deployed in the Southern Ocean now enables us to describe the eddies in the mid-depth (1000 m). The eddies are highly localised to several locations where the ACC negotiates the bottom topography. In these "eddy hot spots", such important physics were observed as efficient downward transport of eastward momentum imposed by the wind at the surface and upgradient eddy transport.