Temporal variation and spatial structure of the kuroshio-induced submesoscale island vortices observed from GCOM-C and Himawari-8 data

Po Chun Hsu, Chia Ying Ho, Hung Jen Lee, Ching Yuan Lu, Chung Ru Ho

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Abstract

Dynamics of ocean current-induced island wake has been an important issue in global oceanography. Green Island, a small island located off southeast of Taiwan on the Kuroshio path was selected as the study area to more understand the spatial structure and temporal variation of well-organized vortices formed by the interaction between the Kuroshio and the island. Sea surface temperature (SST) and chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) concentration data derived from the Himawari-8 satellite and the second generation global imager (SGLI) of global change observation mission (GCOM-C) were used in this study. The spatial SST and Chl-a variations in designed observation lines and the cooling zone transitions on the left and right sides of the vortices were investigated using 250mspatial resolution GCOM-C data. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology general circulation model (MITgcm) simulation confirmed that the positive and negative vortices were sequentially detached from each other in a few hours. In addition, totals of 101 vortexes from July 2015 to December 2019 were calculated from the 1-h temporal resolution Himawari-8 imagery. The average vortex propagation speed was 0.95 m/s. Totals of 38 cases of two continuous vortices suggested that the average vortex shedding period is 14.8 h with 1.15 m/s of the average incoming surface current speed of Green Island, and the results agreed to the ideal Strouhal-Reynolds number fitting curve relation. Combined with the satellite observation and numerical model simulation, this study demonstrates the structure of the wake area could change quickly, and the water may mix in different vorticity states for each observation station.

Original languageEnglish
Article number883
JournalRemote Sensing
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Chlorophyll-a
  • GCOM-C
  • Himawari-8
  • Island wake
  • Sea surface temperature
  • Vortex

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