Journal of Visualization

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 99–105

Analysis and model simulation of wind convergence over the Sea of Japan

  • Wu P 
  • Kawamura H. 
  • Kimura F. 

DOI: 10.1007/BF03182556

Cite this article as:
Wu, P., Kawamura, H. & Kimura, F. J Vis (1999) 2: 99. doi:10.1007/BF03182556


In the winter, the wind system over the Sea of Japan strongly affects the weather of the Japan islands. In this paper, wind distributions over the Sea of Japan during cold-air outbreaks observed by the NASA scatterometer were analyzed. Strong northwesterly to westerly winds of 15 to 20 m/s were observed off Vladivostok and off the Korea Peninsula, respectively. A weak wind region, in which the wind speed is less than 9 m/s, is seen downwind of the mountains and extends more than 200 km. A strong wind convergence zone was formed in the further lee of the weak wind region. Numerical experiments using a three-dimensional mesoscale model are performed to compare the wind distribution observed by NSCAT. The results show that the simulated winds agree well with those observed by NSCAT except for the intensity of the convergence.


NASA scatterometer ocean wind numerical experiment 

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© The Visualization Society of Japan 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wu P 
    • 1
  • Kawamura H. 
    • 2
  • Kimura F. 
    • 3
  1. 1.Earth Observation Research CenterNASDATokyoJapan
  2. 2.Center for Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies, Faculty of ScienceTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  3. 3.Institute of GeoscienceUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan

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