Journal of Ocean University of China

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 674–682 | Cite as

Swells of the East China Sea

  • Aifeng Tao
  • Jin Yan
  • Ye Pei
  • Jinhai ZhengEmail author
  • Nobuhito Mori


Over the past few decades, an increasing number of marine activities have been conducted in the East China Sea, including the construction of various marine structures and the passage of large ships. Marine safety issues are paramount and are becoming more important with respect to the likely increase in size of ocean waves in relation to global climate change and associated typhoons. In addition, swells also can be very dangerous because they induce the resonance of floating structures, including ships. This study focuses on an investigation of swells in the East China Sea and uses hindcast data for waves over the past 5 years in a numerical model, WAVEWATCH III (WW3), together with historical climate data. The numerical calculation domain covers the entire North West Pacific. Next, swells are separated and analyzed using simulated wave fields, and both the characteristics and generation mechanisms of swells are investigated.

Key words

swell East China Ocean numerical simulation 


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This research work is funded by the National Natural Science Fundation of China (Nos. 51579091, 51379071, and 51137002), the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (No. 51425901), the Qing Lan Project of Jiangsu Province, the Basic Research Fund from State Key Laboratory of Hydrology-Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering, Hohai University (Nos. 20145027512 and 20145028412), the Short-term Research Visits project supported by Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University (No. 27S- 02), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of Hohai University (No. 2016B05214).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aifeng Tao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jin Yan
    • 2
  • Ye Pei
    • 3
  • Jinhai Zheng
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Nobuhito Mori
    • 4
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Coastal Disaster and Defence (Hohai University)Ministry of EducationNanjingP. R. China
  2. 2.College of Harbor, Coastal and Offshore EngineeringHohai UniversityNanjingP. R. China
  3. 3.Xiangshui Yangtze Wind Power Generation Co., LtdXiangshuiP. R. China
  4. 4.Disaster Prevention Research InstituteKyoto UniversityGokasho, Uji, KyotoJapan

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