Journal of Marine Sciences ›› 2022, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (3): 9-16.DOI: 10.3969-j.issn.1001-909X.2022.03.002

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Qiongzhou Strait as a self-adapted low-passing filter?


  1. Dongshan Swire Marine Station, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China
  • Online:2022-09-15 Published:2022-09-15

Abstract: Since a diagram depicting "The Great Ocean Conveyor" was first appeared as a logo by Wally Broecker in 1987, how the warmed upper ocean circulation ran through the Indonesian Seas with their complex coastline geometry and narrow passages, known as the Indonesian through-flow, becomes one of the difficult settings in boundary conditions of climate change model. With strong nonlinear effect, a shallow narrow passage forms vertical mixed hotspots on the one hand, and on other hand, it becomes a self-adapted low-pass filter if the tidal resonance units are introduced. Qiongzhou Strait, a sufficient sediment supply and shallow narrow passage for the northern shelf of the South China Sea, is reported with strong tidal current and westward through-flow. And its tidal channel and tidal deltas are maintained by the tidal resonance units introduced themself. Strong disturbances such as typhoon and cold wave can cause storm jet flow through the strait, triggering different high nutrition, algal bloom and hypoxia events over the adjacent Beibu Gulf. Qiongzhou Strait seems to be a noteworthy case of studying how the self-adapted low-pass filter introduced and whether human activities can affect the through-flow on the shallow narrow passages.

Key words: Qiongzhou Strait, tide waves, geomorphology, filter, storm jet

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