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[AOS15-03] Role of river inflows from Kamchatka Peninsula in the Okhotsk Sea
Keywords:Okhotsk Sea, sea ice, river inflow
In this study, we simulated the northern part of the Okhotsk Sea to investigate the roles of river inflows from the Kamchatka Peninsula. FVCOM (Finite-Volume, Primitive equation Community Ocean Model; Chen et al. 2003) was used. JRA55-do (Tsujino et al., 2018) was used for the atmospheric forcing. The river inflow dataset also came from JRA55-do based on Suzuki et al. (2017). The unstructured horizontal grid spacing was decreased from about 9.0 km at the southern boundary to about 1.4 km along the northern boundary.
The model runs with and without the river inflows from the Kamchatka Peninsula were compared. The salinity significantly increased without the river inflow along the coast of Kamchatka (by more than 1 unit at maximum). The salinity increase also spread toward the western Okhotsk Sea. With these changes in salinity, ice formation in the Okhotsk Sea was also affected.