“Hot Spots” in the Climate System

New Developments in the Extratropical Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction Research

  • Hisashi Nakamura
  • Atsuhiko Isobe
  • Shoshiro Minobe
  • Humio Mitsudera
  • Masami Nonaka
  • Toshio Suga

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Shinichiro Kida, Humio Mitsudera, Shigeru Aoki, Xinyu Guo, Shin-ichi Ito, Fumiaki Kobashi et al.
    Pages 1-30
  3. Shigeki Hosoda, Masami Nonaka, Tomohiko Tomita, Bunmei Taguchi, Hiroyuki Tomita, Naoto Iwasaka
    Pages 73-89
  4. Shigeki Hosoda, Masami Nonaka, Yoshikazu Sasai, Hideharu Sasaki
    Pages 91-107
  5. Hirohiko Nakamura, Riku Hiranaka, Daisuke Ambe, Tsutomu Saito
    Pages 109-130
  6. Shigeru Aoki, Genta Mizuta, Hideharu Sasaki, Yoshikazu Sasai, Stephen R. Rintoul, Nathaniel L. Bindoff
    Pages 157-170

About this book


This book consists of the articles from the special issue of “‘Hot Spots’ in the Climate System” in the Journal of Oceanography, Vol. 71 No. 5, 2015, comprising 9 chapters that cover a wide spectrum of topics. This spinoff book is a collection of papers on the scientific outcomes of a nationwide 5-year project funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and known internationally as the “Hot-Spot Project.” The academic achievement of the project has gained international recognition, making substantial contribution to unveiling the climatic role of warm western boundary ocean currents, including the Kuroshio, and associated oceanic fronts characterized by sharp temperature gradients and active meso-scale oceanic eddies. Specifically, those warm currents may be called “hot spots” in the climate system, as they intensively release heat and moisture to the atmosphere, thereby acting to organize clouds and precipitation systems and set conditions favorable for recurrent development of storms. This spinoff is a unique collection of the outcome of the particular project. The collected papers cover a wide range of aspects of ocean–atmosphere interaction characteristic of the oceanic fronts and continental marginal seas, unveiled through observational, theoretical, analytical, and numerical investigations. Most of the readers of the book are assumed to be researchers and graduate students who study climate dynamics, physical oceanography, atmospheric science, and air–sea interaction.


Climate Change Climate Dynamics Continental Marginal Seas Kuroshio Ocean-atmosphere Interaction Oceanic Fronts Western Boundary Currents

Editors and affiliations

  • Hisashi Nakamura
    • 1
  • Atsuhiko Isobe
    • 2
  • Shoshiro Minobe
    • 3
  • Humio Mitsudera
    • 4
  • Masami Nonaka
    • 5
  • Toshio Suga
    • 6
  1. 1.RCASTThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Research Institute for Applied MechanicsKyushu UniversityKasugaJapan
  3. 3.Hokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  4. 4.Inst. of Low Temp. Sci.Hokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  5. 5.JAMSTECYokohama, KanagawaJapan
  6. 6.Tohoku UniversitySendai, MiyagiJapan

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