Ocean Dynamics

, Volume 68, Issue 6, pp 701–712 | Cite as

Lagrangian study of transport of subarctic water across the Subpolar Front in the Japan Sea

  • Sergey V. Prants
  • Michael Yu. Uleysky
  • Maxim V. Budyansky
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The southward near-surface transport of transformed subarctic water across the Subpolar Front in the Japan Sea is simulated and analyzed based on altimeter data from January 1, 1993 to December 31, 2017. Computing Lagrangian indicators for a large number of synthetic particles, advected by the AVISO velocity field, we find preferred transport pathways across the Subpolar Front. The southward transport occurs mainly in the central part of the frontal zone due to suitable dispositions of mesoscale eddies promoting propagation of subarctic water to the south. It is documented with the help of Lagrangian origin and L-maps and verified by the tracks of available drifters. The transport of transformed subarctic water to the south is compared with the transport of transformed subtropical water to the north simulated by Prants et al. (Nonlinear Process Geophys 24(1):89–99, 2017c).


Japan Sea Cross-frontal transport of subarctic water Lagrangian maps 


Funding information

This work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project “Lagrangian statistical analysis of circulation in the frontal area of the Japan Sea” no. 16–05–00213), and its methodological part was supported by the POI FEBRAS project “Mathematical simulation and analysis of dynamical processes in the ocean” no. 117030110034-7.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pacific Oceanological Institute of the Russian Academy of SciencesVladivostokRussia

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