High Resolution Kuroshio Forecast System: Description and its Applications

  • Takashi Kagimoto
  • Yasumasa Miyazawa
  • Xinyu Guo
  • Hideyuki Kawajiri


We have developed a forecast system for the Kuroshio large meander with a high horizontal resolution (approximately 10 km). Using the system, we succeeded in predicting the path transitions of the Kuroshio from the nearshore nonlarge meander path to the offshore nonlarge meander path in 2003, and from the nearshore nonlarge meander path to the typical large meander path in 2004 as well as the occurrence of its triggering small meander south of Kyushu Island. We have also been developing a higher resolution forecast model for coastal oceans and bays south of Japan, where physical and biological states of the ocean are much affected by the path variation of the Kuroshio. This model, although the development is still under way, represents tides and tidal currents in two bays south of Japan in a realistic way.


Anticyclonic Eddy Kuroshio Path Large Meander Data Assimilation Scheme Small Meander 
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  • Takashi Kagimoto
  • Yasumasa Miyazawa
  • Xinyu Guo
  • Hideyuki Kawajiri

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