Impact of synoptic processes and river discharge on the thermohaline structure in the east Siberian Sea shelf

N. I. Savel'eva, I. P. Semiletov, I. I. Pipko

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The thermohaline structure of waters in the East Siberian Sea coastal zone in September 2000, 2003, and 2004 is investigated. It is found that the spatial variability of thermohaline characteristics was determined by various synoptic conditions observed over the East Siberian Sea during the summer-autumn season and by fluctuations in the river discharge. In surface layers, plume fronts are identified. Under conditions of cyclonic atmospheric circulation of 2003, fresh waters spread as a narrow jet along the coast. During anticyclonic circulation of 2004, some meridional fronts existed. Horizontal gradients of thermohaline characteristics were 0.01-0.02°C/km and 0.03-0.07 psu/ km off the Indigirka River and 0.02-0.03°C/km and 0.06-0.09 psu/km near the Kolyma River mouth being an order of magnitude less than the vertical ones. The stratification of coastal waters was amplified as the river and ice-melted runoff increased. In the thermohalocline, the average Brunt-Väisälä frequency was 0.042 s-1 (in 2000), 0.068 s-1 (in 2003), and 0.074 s-1 (in 2004).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-246
Number of pages7
JournalRussian Meteorology and Hydrology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Atmospheric Science

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