JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2020

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[E] Poster

M (Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary) » M-IS Intersection

[M-IS08] Paleoclimatology and paleoceanography

convener:Yusuke Okazaki(Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Kyushu University), Benoit Thibodeau(University of Hong Kong), Akitomo Yamamoto(Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and TechnologyAtmosphere and Ocean Research Institute), Hitoshi Hasegawa(Faculty of Science and Technology, Kochi University)

[MIS08-P15] Variations of the North and South Pacific Subtropical Gyres over the past 400 kyrs

*Furukawa Keisuke1, Osamu Seki2 (1.Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University, 2.Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University)

Keywords:Sea surface temperature, South Pacific Subtropical Gyre, Paleoceanography

The gyre in the ocean is thought to play an important role in the climate system as meridional heat and material transports between low and high latitudes. In late Pleistocene paleoceanographic study, previous study revealed that the large variation of intensity of North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG) associated with glacial-interglacial cycles with 23 kyr cycle (Yamamoto et al., 2008), suggesting a precession control on intensity of NPSG circulation. However, the mechanism driving the long-term variability of the subtropical gyre and its role in global climate change are still remains uncertain.
In this study, we reconstructed and analyze mid sea surface temperature (SST) records in the western and eastern sides in the NPSG and South Pacific Subtropical Gyre (SPSG) for the past 400 kyrs to investigate evolution of those gyres. We reconstructed intensity of the gyre circulation from ΔSST difference between west and eastern sides of the gyres. The west-east ΔSST record in SPSG show orbital scale variations over the past 400 kyrs. Spectral analysis suggests predominance of 23 and 41 kyr cycles, suggesting precession and obliquity control on SPSG.