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Determination of the South China Sea surface height variability using TOPEX/POSEIDON data
Author(s): Peter C. Chu; Jing Wang; Yiquan Qi
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Paper Abstract

The monthly mean TOPEX/POSEIDON crossover data in the South China Sea are used to investigate the spatial and temporal variability of sea surface height anomaly (SSHA). Multi-time scale variability is found using the empirical orthogonal function (EOF) analysis. The seasonal variability dominates SSHA with two spatial patterns: basin-wide gyre and north-south double gyres. The intraseasonal variability of SSH has high spatial variability at the continental s helf such as west of Hainan Island and Borneo, and east-west double gyre structure in the deep basin. The interannual variability of SSHA has a north-south double gyre pattern. The scale interaction between seasonal interannual processes may be taken at the north-south double gyre pattern.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5233, Remote Sensing of the Ocean and Sea Ice 2003, (26 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.509063
Show Author Affiliations
Peter C. Chu, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
Jing Wang, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology (China)
Yiquan Qi, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5233:
Remote Sensing of the Ocean and Sea Ice 2003
Charles R. Bostater Jr.; Rosalia Santoleri, Editor(s)

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