Journal of Oceanography

, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 275–294 | Cite as

POM and Two-Way Nesting POM Study of Kuroshio Damping Phenomenon Caused by a Strong Wind

  • Yasumasa Miyazawa
  • Shinya Minato


A Kuroshio damping phenomenon of a few days scale caused by a strong wind was studied using the Princeton Ocean Model (POM) and a two-way nesting model for the POM. We simulated an idealized eastward Kuroshio in a zonal channel in terms of the inflow/outflow condition at the western/eastern boundaries and examined responses of the idealized Kuroshio to a strong easterly wind. This study was motivated by observations of JMA research vessel Shumpu Maru which reported deformation of isopycnals and damping of the Kuroshio before and after the attack of Typhoon 6804. Deformation of isopycnals and damping of the Kuroshio are found to depend on magnitude of wind stress, intensity of stratification, distance of the Kuroshio from coast, and grid resolution. The deformation of isopycnals is related to the vertical circulation pattern caused by the divergence/convergence of the onshore Ekman transport. A simple stratification model composed of Niiler (1969)'s modification of the Ekman transport and the coastal boundary is proposed to explain the damping phenomenon. An idealized cape was added in other experiments in order to study whether the Kuroshio damping mechanism discussed here works in three dimensions. The newly developed two-way nesting model for the POM was applied for this experiment and made it possible to clarify more detailed features of response in the nested area than did the coarse grid model.

Kuroshio strong wind stress downwelling/upwelling Niiler cell POM nesting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasumasa Miyazawa
    • 1
  • Shinya Minato
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Global Change Research/FRSGCTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Meteorological Research InstituteIbarakiJapan

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