Tidal changes in the Yellow/East China Sea caused by the rapid sea-level rise during the Holocene

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Two-dimensional numerical simulations of M2 and K1 tides were performed in order to assess the effect of the rapid sea level change occurring during the last 20000 years in the Yellow/East China Sea (YECS). Results were interpreted by utilizing the difference of the dynamical nature inherited in diurnal and semi-diurnal tides. M2 tides at the coastal region south of Korea exceeded 2 m in amplitude when the sea-level was low, and decreased as the water depth become larger. In the Yellow Sea, on the other hand, tidal amplitudes were small at the low sea-level stages and increased along with the sea-level rise. The way of the increase was not monotonic but with fluctuations, which was due to the movement of the standing wave nodes. An additional experiment with closing the Taiwan Strait revealed that changing the sill depth of the strait not only affects the M2 tides around the southeastern Chinese coast, but also modifies the tides around the southwestern coast of Korea. This result recall us the significance of morphological condition on estimating the tidal field in the coastal ocean.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-134
Number of pages2
JournalScience in China, Series B: Chemistry
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)

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