Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 835–846 | Cite as

Subduction/obduction rate in the North Pacific diagnosed by an eddy-resolving model

  • Lingling Liu (刘玲玲)
  • Ruixin Huang (黄瑞新)
  • Fan Wang (王凡)


Ventilation in the North Pacific is examined using data from the eddy-resolving 1/12° global HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM) and QuikSCAT wind stress data. For the period January 2004 to December 2006 and area 20°–40°N, the total annual subduction rate is estimated at 79 Sv, and the obduction rate 41 Sv. Resolving the small-scale and high-frequency components of the eddy field can increase the subduction rate by 42 Sv, and obduction by 31 Sv. Lateral induction is the dominant contributor to enhancement of subduction/obduction, and temporal change of mixed layer depth has a secondary role. Further analysis indicates that the high-frequency components of the eddy field, especially those with timescale shorter than 10 days, are the most critical factor enhancing subduction/obduction.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lingling Liu (刘玲玲)
    • 1
  • Ruixin Huang (黄瑞新)
    • 2
  • Fan Wang (王凡)
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Ocean Circulation and Waves, Institute of OceanologyChinese Academy of SciencesQingdaoChina
  2. 2.Department of Physical OceanographyWoods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA

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