A reduced thermodynamic model on the formation of the Nansha warm water

Shuqun Cai, Zijun Gan, Chi Wai Li, Xiaomin Long, Danpeng Dong

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A reduced vertically integrated upper mixed layer model is set up to numerically study the thermodynamic process of the formation of the "Nansha warm water" (NWW) in the Nansha Islands sea areas in spring. According to the numerical experiments, it is shown that, in spring, the formation of the NWW is mainly due to the sea surface net heat flux and the local weak current strength; the contribution from temperature advection transport and warm water exchange with the outer seas (Sulu Sea or south of Sunda shelf) is very little. In the sea areas where the current is strong, the advection may also play an important role in the temperature field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-249
Number of pages11
JournalActa Oceanologica Sinica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2004


  • Nansha Islands
  • Numerical modeling
  • South China Sea
  • Thermodynamic process
  • Warm water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science


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