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Advances in Meteorology - Volume 2015 2015, Article ID 752947, 15 pages -

Research Article

Key Laboratory of State Oceanic Administration for Marine Environmental Information Technology, National Marine Data and Information Service, State Oceanic Administration, Tianjin 300171, China

College of Physical and Environmental Oceanography, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, China

Physical Oceanography Laboratory, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266100, China

Ocean Dynamical Laboratory, Third Institute of State Oceanic Administration, Xiamen 361005, China

Received 16 December 2014; Revised 30 January 2015; Accepted 18 February 2015

Academic Editor: Shaoqing Zhang

Copyright © 2015 Lianxin Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A one-dimensional turbulent model is used to investigate the effect of sea spray mediated turbulent fluxes on upper ocean temperature during the passage of typhoon Yagi over the Kuroshio Extension area in 2006. Both a macroscopical sea spray momentum flux algorithm and a microphysical heat and moisture flux algorithm are included in this turbulent model. Numerical results show that the model can well reproduce the upper ocean temperature, which is consistent with the data from the Kuroshio Extension Observatory. Besides, the sea surface temperature is decreased by about 0.5°C during the typhoon passage, which also agrees with the sea surface temperature dataset derived from Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for the Earth Observing and Reynolds. Diagnostic analysis indicates that sea spray acts as an additional source of the air-sea turbulent fluxes and plays a key role in increasing the turbulent kinetic energy in the upper ocean, which enhances the temperature diffusion there. Therefore, sea spray is also an important factor in determining the upper mixed layer depth during the typhoon passage.

Author: Lianxin Zhang, Changlong Guan, Chunjian Sun, Siyu Gao, and Shaomei Yu

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