Connecting the tropical Pacific with Indian Ocean through South China Sea
Article first published online: 21 DEC 2005
Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 32, Issue 24, December 2005
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2005), Connecting the tropical Pacific with Indian Ocean through South China Sea, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L24609, doi:10.1029/2005GL024698., , , , and (
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 21 DEC 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 NOV 2005
- Manuscript Revised: 31 OCT 2005
- Manuscript Received: 19 SEP 2005
 Analysis of wind data over the past 40 years and results from a high-resolution general circulation model has revealed the existence of a previously undescribed circulation that connects the tropical Pacific with Indian Ocean. As a direct response to the Pacific wind, water of the Pacific origin enters the South China Sea through Luzon Strait, and from there part of the water continues southward into the Java Sea and returns to the Pacific through Makassar Strait. This circulation contains a strong signal of El Niño and Southern Oscillation and appears to have a notable impact on the Indonesian Throughflow heat transport.