Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2019

Presentation information

[J] Oral

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

[A-OS14] Coastal physical processes associated with mixing, eddies, internal waves

Wed. May 29, 2019 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM 301A (3F)

convener:Eiji Masunaga(Ibaraki University), Taira Nagai(Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo), TSUTSUMI EISUKE(Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo), Chairperson:Eiji Masunaga, Eisuke Tsutsumi

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

[AOS14-03] Nutrient and phytoplankton dynamics in the continental slope region of the East China Sea associated with the Kuroshio frontal eddy

*Naoki Yoshie1, Anri Kabe1, Kazuki Ohgi1, Eisuke Tsutsumi2, Shigenobu Takeda3, Joji Ishizaka4, Xinyu Guo1 (1.Center for Marine Environmental Studies, Ehime University, 2.Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, 3.Faculty of Fisheries, Nagasaki University, 4.Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University)

Keywords:frontal eddy, nutrient, phytoplankton, East China Sea

The lower-trophic level ecosystem in the continental slope region of the East China Sea (ECS) during summer generally shows typical subtropical features, i.e., small size pico-phytoplankton such as cyanobacteria dominates in the euphotic layer under the oligotrophic condition due to the stable stratification. It is also known that such stable physical and chemical conditions are often disturbed by the Kuroshio frontal eddy. In this study, we investigated the phytoplankton dynamics associated with the passing of Kuroshio frontal eddies. We conducted comprehensive observations with the high horizontal resolution (7km) around the continental slope region in the ECS in the late-July, 2018. We observed drastic changes in the depth of subsurface chlorophyll maximum (SCM) and nitrate concentrations around the SCM, and micro-phytoplankton such as diatom mainly changed around SCM. We found cyclonic frontal eddies with 15-35 km diameter around the 40-80 m depth near the drastic change of the SCM. These changes were caused by the horizontal advection of nutrient-rich shelf water associated with the passing of the cyclonic frontal eddies.