Mesoscale eddy movement in the northern East China Sea
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1.On the basis of the analysis of hydrographical and geological data it is concluded that the cyclonic eddy in the northern East China Sea existed every year and season. However, it was deduced from its monthly changes that it did not exist all the time. li]2.|Conspicuous internannual, even monthly changes of the eddy in summer were found. The main cause for it was the strength and position of HWC and HCC.
As for its seasonal change, reliable analysis was hard to make. However, from Fig. 2 and taking into account the change of the strength of HWC and HCC it seems that the eddy was strongest with southmost centre in winter and weaker (compared with winter) with north-most centre in summer. li]3.|More often than not, the eddy occurred in intermediate layer. The distructive effect of the wind might be the cause for the eddy's not reaching the surface in spring, fall and winter, and the Changjiang Diluted Water might have played the same role in summer. li]4.|The average position of the eddy was, upon the whole, coincident with the mud's—the multiyear existence of the eddy was determinant for the mud formation. li]5.|The disposition of HWC, HCC and NRK was the main dynamical factor for the eddy formation. Among others, HWC and HCC were decisive and the occurrence of bottom cold water in summer may intensify the eddy as a thermodynamical factor.
KeywordsMESOSCALE Eddy Cyclonic Eddy Eddy Formation Cold Eddy Thermohaline Structure
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