JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

Presentation information

[EJ] Oral

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

[A-OS29] [EJ] Dynamics of oceanic and atmospheric waves, vortices, and circulations

Tue. May 23, 2017 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM 302 (International Conference Hall 3F)

convener:Ryo Furue(APL/JAMSTEC), Yukiharu Hisaki(Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus), Humio Mitsudera(Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University), Norihiko Sugimoto(Keio University, Department of Physics), Chairperson:Yukiharu Hisaki(Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus), Chairperson:Norihiko Sugimoto(Keio University, Department of Physics), Chairperson:Hideyuki Nakano(Meteorological Research Institute)

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

[AOS29-12] Topography-dependent relation between offshore wind field and swell-dominant surface waves observed inside bays on the Sanriku ria coast of Japan

*Kosei Komatsu1,2, Kiyoshi Tanaka2 (1.Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, 2.Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo)

Keywords: surface wave, ria bay, swell, offshore wind

Real-time monitoring of wind and surface waves in Otsuchi Bay, a ria in the Pacific coast of Sanriku, the northeastern portion of Japan, has been continued since October 2012, using a mooring buoy with an ultrasonic anemometer and a single-mode GPS wave sensor. We analyzed two-dimensional energy spectra of surface waves and wind data monitored hourly over four years in order to assess the variability and occurrence of wind and waves and to elucidate the main reasons for wave variation in Otsuchi Bay. The monitoring data revealed in all seasons that surface waves in the bay were predominantly affected by swells propagated from the northeastern offshore region and that the wave height was significantly correlated with the component of wind velocity toward the bay in the northeastern offshore region that faces the bay mouth. The offshore wind field was expected to provide information useful for predicting coastal waves in rias bays in Sanriku such as Otsuchi Bay. More interestingly, comparison of the horizontal distribution of strong correlation between the offshore wind field and the significant wave height in rias bays, Miyako and Kamaishi Bays close to Otsuchi Bay clarified that the offshore wind field which affects predominantly surface waves in rias bays depends heavily on the topographic shape of the bay.