The Pacific/Indian Ocean pressure difference and its influence on the Indonesian Seas circulation: Part I - The study with specified total transports

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  2003
Authors  Burnett, W. H.; Kamenkovich, V. M.; Gordon, A. L.; Mellor, G. L.
Journal Title  Journal of Marine Research
Volume  61
Issue  5
Pages  577-611
Journal Date  Sep
ISBN Number  0022-2402
Accession Number  ISI:000187348800002
Key Words  depth-integrated flow; indian-ocean; world ocean; lombok strait; choked flows; throughflow; model; variability; exchange; water

The main objective of this paper is to investigate the overall balance of momentum and energy within the Indonesian Seas to better understand the factors that control the total transport of the Indonesian Throughflow. Two models are used in the investigation: a "first-step" heuristic channel model and a more sophisticated "second-step," barotropic numerical model that incorporates high-resolution coastline and bottom topography. The experiments show that the barotropic model develops typical horizontal circulation patterns for the region. An analysis of the overall momentum and energy balances suggests that the total transport of the Indonesian Throughflow does not depend exclusively on the inter-ocean pressure difference but on other factors, including local winds, bottom form stresses, and the resultant of pressure forces acting on the internal sides.


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