Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2019

Presentation information

[E] Oral

A (Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences ) » A-OS Ocean Sciences & Ocean Environment

[A-OS09] Ocean Mixing Processes: Impact on Biogeochemistry, Climate and Ecosystem

Sun. May 26, 2019 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM 303 (3F)

convener:Ichiro Yasuda(Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo), Toshiyuki Hibiya(Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo), Jun Nishioka(Hokkaido University, Institute of low temperature sciences), Shin-ichi Ito(Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo), Chairperson:Shin-Ichi Ito(The University of Tokyo)

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

[AOS09-16] Mixing Processes in the Kuroshio region and their influence on the low-trophic ecosystem

★Invited Papers

*Xinyu Guo1, Takeshi Matsuno2, Tomoharu Senju 2, Kaoru Ichikawa2, Takahiro Endoh2, Eisuke Tsutsumi2, Ayako Nishina3, Hirohiko Nakamura3, JING ZHANG4, Daisuke Hasegawa5, Naoki Yoshie1, Toru Kobari3 (1.Center for Marine Environmental Studies, Ehime University, 2.Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University,, 3.Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University, 4.Graduate School of Science and Engineering, University of Toyama, 5.Tohoko National Fisheries Research Institute)

Keywords:Kuroshio, Vertical Mixing, low-trophic ecosystem

In order to understand the vertical mixing processes in the Kuroshio, we carried out field observations in the Luzon Strait, east of Taiwan, outer shelf region of the East China Sea, and Tokara Strait in the past several years. The strong vertical mixing mainly due to interaction between the Kuroshio and seamounts were found in the areas east of Taiwan and Tokara Strait, while that mainly due to internal tides was found in the Luzon Strait and outer shelf region of the East China Sea. The nitrate flux associated with the strong vertical mixing in the Kuroshio was estimated using simultaneously measured nitrate concentration and vertical eddy diffusivity coefficient. The influences of vertically supplied nitrate on the phytoplankton and zooplankton were examined by field observations and laboratory experiments. In addition to the vertical mixing, the supply of nutrients from coastal waters was also observed and that due to horizontal and vertical advections were also diagnosed from results of a numerical model for a purpose of fully understanding on the nutrient dynamics along the Kuroshio.