TERRAPUB Journal of Oceanography

Journal of Oceanography, Vol. 54 (No. 1), pp. 29-44, 1998

Intrusion Events of the Intermediate Oyashio Water into Sagami Bay, Japan

Tomoharu Senjyu, Noriko Asano, Masaji Matsuyama and Takashi Ishimaru

Tokyo University of Fisheries, 5-7, Konan 4, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108, Japan

(Received 14 March 1997; in revised form 25 August 1997; accepted 25 August 1997)

Abstract: Intermediate intrusion of low salinity water (LSW) into Sagami Bay was investigated on the basis of CTD data taken in Sagami Bay and off the Boso Peninsula in 1993-1994. In October 1993, water of low temperature (<7.0°C), low salinity (<34.20 psu) and high dissolved oxygen concentration (>3.5 ml l-1) intruded along the isopycnal surface of sq= 26.8 at depths of 320-500 m from the Oshima East Channel to the center of the bay. On the other hand, the LSW was absent in Sagami Bay in the period of September-November 1994, though it was always found to the south off the Boso Peninsula. Salinity and dissolved oxygen distributions on relevant isopycnal surfaces and water characteristics of LSW cores revealed that the LSW intruded from the south off the Boso Peninsula to Sagami Bay through the Oshima East Channel. The LSW cores were distributed on the continental slope along 500-1000 m isobaths and its onshore-offshore scales were two to three times the internal deformation radius. Initial phosphate concentrations in the LSW revealed its origin in the northern seas. These facts suggest that the observed LSW is the submerged Oyashio Water and it flows southwestward along the continental slope as a density current in the rotating fluid. The variation of the LSW near the center of Sagami Bay is closely related to the Kuroshio flow path. The duration of LSW in Sagami Bay is 0.5 to 1.5 months.

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