Temperature Variation in the Ulleung Warm Eddy during 2013~2015

2013~2015년 울릉 난수성 소용돌이의 수온변동

Choi, Yong-Kyu

  • Received : 2016.02.20
  • Accepted : 2016.04.27
  • Published : 2016.04.30


Based on the Expendable Bathythermograph (XBT) observation and serial oceanographic observation of National Institute of Fisheries Science (NIFS) during July 2013 to July 2015, we examined the temperature variation in the Ulleung Warm Eddy (UWE) in the East Sea. The UWE was always shown during the observation periods even though it was not the whole shape. The coefficient of variation (CV) was largest in the depth of 250 m at the side of the east coast of Korean Peninsula with $3{\sim}4^{\circ}C$ in temperature. CV of the horizontal distribution at 250 m depth was also largest in the region biased along the east coast of Korea. The warm eddy moved not only to the east-west direction but also to the north-south direction in the viewpoint of horizontal distributions of temperature. This region between the Korean Peninsula and Ulleung island also is the passage of the East Korean Warm Current. This means that interaction between the East Korean Warm Current and periphery of warm eddy makes large in the variation of movement along the east coast of Korean Peninsula. The largest variation of temperature at 250 m depth seemed to be significantly correlated with the East Sea Intermediate Water (ESIW) underlying Ulleung Warm Eddy. It is suggested that the interaction between the ESIW and UWE is active in the mid-depth along the periphery of UWE.


Expendable Bathythermograph (XBT);Ulleung Warm Eddy;East Sea Intermediate Water;Coefficient of variation;The East Sea


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Grant : Survey of Coastal Fisheries Resouces and Marine Environmental Ecology in the East Sea

Supported by : National Institute of Fisheries Science