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Manli Guo, Ruiyi Chen, Hongzhou Xu, Philip A Vetter. Dynamical features of near-inertial motions in global ocean based on the GDP dataset from 2000 to 2019[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2021, 40(1): 126-134. doi: 10.1007/s13131-020-1675-0
Citation: Manli Guo, Ruiyi Chen, Hongzhou Xu, Philip A Vetter. Dynamical features of near-inertial motions in global ocean based on the GDP dataset from 2000 to 2019[J]. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 2021, 40(1): 126-134. doi: 10.1007/s13131-020-1675-0

Dynamical features of near-inertial motions in global ocean based on the GDP dataset from 2000 to 2019

doi: 10.1007/s13131-020-1675-0
Funds:  The Global Change and Air-Sea Interaction Project under contract No. GASI-IPOVAI-01-03; the National Key Research and Development Program under contract Nos 2016YFC1401403 and 2018YFC0309800; the National Natural Science Foundation of China under contract Nos 41576009 and 41576006; the Strategic Priority Research Program of the CAS under contract No. XDA13030302; the Chinese Academy of Sciences Frontier Basic Research Project under contract No. QYJC201910.
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  • Corresponding author: E-mail: hzxu@idsse.ac.cn
  • Received Date: 2020-07-04
  • Accepted Date: 2020-08-18
  • Available Online: 2021-04-21
  • Publish Date: 2021-01-25
  • Based on the latest oceanic surface drifter dataset from the global drifter program during 2000–2019, this study investigated the global variation of relative frequency shift (RFS), near-inertial energy (NIE) and inverse excess bandwidth (IEB) of near-inertial motions, and analyzed their relations with oceanic mesoscale dynamics, relative vorticity and strain. Compared with previous works, we have some new findings in this study: (1) the RFS was high with negative values in some regions in which we found a significant blue shift of the RFS in the equatorward of 30°N (S) and from 50°N to 60°N in the Pacific, and a red shift in the western boundary currents and their extension regions, the North Atlantic and the Antarctic Circumpolar Current regions; (2) more peak values of the NIE were found in global regions like the South Indian Ocean, the Luzon Strait and some areas of the South Ocean; (3) the global distribution of the IEB were characterized by clear zonal bands and affected by vorticity and wind field; (4) the RFS was elevated as the absolute value of the gradient of vorticity increased, the IEB did not depend on the gradient of vorticity, and the eddy kinetic energy (EKE) weakened with the decrease of the absolute value of RFS; (5) the NIE decreased with increasing absolute value of the relative vorticity and the gradient of vorticity, but it increased with increasing strain and EKE when EKE was larger than 0.003 2 m2/s2.
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