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East Asian Seas Regional Climatology

The East Asian Seas Regional Climatology Version 2.0 is an update to the preliminary May 2012 release, and includes new temperature and salinity data spanning from 1804 through 2013. The climatology is a set of objectively analyzed climatological fields of temperature and salinity at standard depth levels in the East Asian Marginal Seas.

East Asian Seas

These decadal climatologies were generated from regional data in the World Ocean Database. The datasets used are described in WOD 2013.

Metadata

Temperature
Data   |   Figures
Salinity
Data   |   Figures

Citations

Johnson, Daphne R., Boyer, Tim P. (2015). East Asian Seas Regional Climatology Version 2.0 from 1804 to 2014 (NCEI Accession 0123300). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. doi:10.7289 /V5MP5171.


Johnson, Daphne R., Boyer, Tim P. (2015). Regional Climatology of the East Asian Seas: An Introduction. NOAA Atlas NESDIS 79, Silver Spring, MD, 37 pp., doi:10.7289/V5D21VM9.

Study Area

115°E to 143°E longitude and 24°N to 52°N latitude

Temporal Resolution

Each climatology has an annual (all-data), seasonal, and monthly time period calculation.

Seasons

Winter (Jan.-Mar.), Spring (Apr.-Jun.), Summer (Jul.-Sep.), Fall (Oct.-Dec.)

Horizontal Resolution

Temperature and salinity are available on a 1x1, 1/4, and 1/10 latitude/longitude degree grid.

Vertical Resolution

Annual and seasonal climatologies are available from the surface to 5500 meter depths. Monthly climatologies are available from the surface to 1500 meter depths.

Units

Temperature
°C
Salinity
Unitless on the Practical Salinity Scale-1978 [PSS]
Data distribution
Units are in number of observations in each grid box.

Bathymetry

One-degree and 1/4-degree
The mean of an ETOPO2 grid square
1/10th-degree
The mean of an ETOPO1 grid square

Method

The methods used for calculating the mean climatological fields is described in Locarnini et al., 2013 for temperature and Zweng et al., 2013 for salinity. Additional details on the 1/4° climatological calculation are found in Boyer et al., 2005. Table 1 gives radii of influence for all three passes through the objective analysis procedure for each horizontal resolution.

Pass1° radius of influence1/4° radius of influence1/10° radius of influence
1892 km321 km211 km
2669 km267 km155 km
3446 km214 km111 km

Related Publications

Amante, C. and B.W. Eakins, 2009. ETOPO1 1 Arc-Minute Global Relief Model: Procedures, Data Sources and Analysis. NOAA Technical Memorandum NESDIS NGDC-24. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5C8276M.


Boyer, T., S. Levitus, H. Garcia, R.A. Locarnini, C. Stephens, J. Antonov, 2005: Objective analyses of annual, seasonal, and monthly temperature and salinity for the world ocean on a 0.25 degree grid. International Journal of Climatology, 25(7), 931-945.


Boyer, T.P., J.I. Antonov, O.K. Baranova, C. Coleman, H.E. Garcia, A. Grodsky, D.R. Johnson, R.A. Locarnini, A.V. Mishonov, T.D. O'Brien, C.R. Paver, J.R. Reagan, D. Seidov, I.V. Smolyar, M.M. Zweng, 2013: World Ocean Database 2013. Sydney Levitus, Ed.; Alexey Mishonov, Technical Ed.; NOAA Atlas NESDIS 72, 209 pp. doi:10.7289/V5NZ85MT.


Levitus, S., 1982: Climatological Atlas of the World Ocean. NOAA Professional Paper 13, 173 pp., U.S. Gov. Printing Office, Rockville, MD. ftp://ftp.library.noaa.gov/noaa_documents.lib/NOAA_professional_paper/NOAA_paper_13.pdf


Locarnini, R.A., A.V. Mishonov, J.I. Antonov, T.P. Boyer, H.E. Garcia, O.K. Baranova, M.M. Zweng, C.R. Paver, J.R. Reagan, D.R. Johnson, M. Hamilton, and D. Seidov, 2013: World Ocean Atlas 2013, Volume 1: Temperature. S. Levitus, Ed., A. Mishonov Technical Ed.; NOAA Atlas NESDIS 73, 40 pp. doi:10.7289/V55X26VD.


National Geophysical Data Center, 2006. 2-minute Gridded Global Relief Data (ETOPO2) v2. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5J1012Q.


Zweng, M.M, J.R. Reagan, J.I. Antonov, R.A. Locarnini, A.V. Mishonov, T.P. Boyer, H.E. Garcia, O.K. Baranova, D.R. Johnson, D.Seidov, M.M. Biddle, 2013: World Ocean Atlas 2013, Volume 2: Salinity. S. Levitus, Ed., A. Mishonov, Technical Ed.; NOAA Atlas NESDIS 74, 39 pp. doi:10.7289/V5251G4D.