Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society

Volume 28 | Number 4 | December 2015

Special Issue: A New Look at the Low-Latitude Western Pacific

On the Cover: Photo taken from R/V Ocean Researcher I after finishing physical and biological sampling along a section of the Kuroshio east of Taiwan in September 2014. The large ocean circulation such as that of the North Pacific conveys tremendous heat, water mass, and energy from the equatorial to the mid-latitude ocean and thus is a vital component of Earth’s climate system. The joint effort of the US Origins of the Kuroshio and Mindanao Current and the Taiwan Observations of the Kuroshio Transports and Variability programs is providing a new look into the variability and connectivity of the North Equatorial Current, Mindanao Current, and Kuroshio in the western Pacific.
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Volume 28 Issue 04

The Pacific North Equatorial Current: New Insights from the Origins of the Kuroshio and Mindanao Currents (OKMC) Project
By Bo Qiu , Daniel L. Rudnick, Ivana Cerovecki, Bruce D. Cornuelle, Shuiming Chen, Martha C. Schönau, Julie L. McClean, and Ganesh Gopalakrishnan

The Mindanao Current: Mean Structure and Connectivity
By Martha C. Schönau, Daniel L. Rudnick , Ivana Cerovecki , Ganesh Gopalakrishnan , Bruce D. Cornuelle, Julie L. McClean, and Bo Qiu

The Kuroshio and Luzon Undercurrent East of Luzon Island
By Ren-Chieh Lien , Barry Ma, Craig M. Lee, Thomas B. Sanford, Vigan Mensah , Luca R. Centurioni , Bruce D. Cornuelle, Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, Arnold L. Gordon , Ming-Huei Chang , Steve R. Jayne , and Yiing Jang Yang

Two Mechanisms Cause Dual Velocity Maxima in the Kuroshio East of Taiwan
By Kai-Chieh Yang, Joe Wang , Craig M. Lee, Barry Ma, Ren-Chieh Lien, Sen Jan, Yiing Jang Yang, and Ming-Huei Chang

Mean Structure and Fluctuations of the Kuroshio East of Taiwan from In Situ and Remote Observations
By Yiing Jang Yang, Sen Jan , Ming-Huei Chang, Joe Wang, Vigan Mensah, Tien-Hsia Kuo, Cheng-Ju Tsai , Chung-Yaung Lee , Magdalena Andres, Luca R. Centurioni , Yu-Heng Tseng , Wen-Der Liang , and Jian-Wu Lai

Mean Structure and Variability of the Kuroshio from Northeastern Taiwan to Southwestern Japan
By Magdalena Andres , Sen Jan, Thomas B. Sanford , Vigan Mensah , Luca R. Centurioni , and Jeffrey W. Book

Special Issue Guest Editors

Daniel Rudnick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Sen Jan, National Taiwan University
Craig Lee, University of Washington


Production of this issue of Oceanography was supported by the Office of Naval Research through a grant to Scripps Institution of Oceanography.