The Role of Pacific Marginal Seas
in Linking Adjacent Land with Ocean
To understand Earth systems, it is important to understand how the land and the ocean are linked, and marginal seas are key sites where such linkage occurs. The South China Sea, the East China Sea, the Japan Sea, the Sea of Okhotsk, and the Bering Sea, i.e., marginal seas along the northwest rim of the Pacific Ocean, are all strongly influenced by the land via river discharges, which also reflect human influences. Compared with other oceanic regions, marginal seas have high productivity and biogeochemical cycling activity, which are controlled by separate local processes, such as freshwater discharge, interior current systems, tidal mixing, local upwelling, interactions with the continental shelf, sea ice production and melting, and flow through straits. Further, some marginal seas have been shown to have a strong influence on physical and biogeochemical processes in the open Pacific Ocean. Therefore, it is important to investigate the role that marginal seas play in linking the land with oceanic regions to clarify the whole Pacific Ocean system.
In this program, we would like to discuss the linkage of the land and the ocean, and the roles of marginal seas, from scientific aspect.
|Pan-Okhotsk Research Center, Associate Professor|
|Humio MITSUDERA||Pan-Okhotsk Research Center, Professor|
|Takayuki SHIRAIWA||Pan-Okhotsk Research Center, Associate Professor|
|Tomohiro NAKAMURA||Pan-Okhotsk Research Center, Lecturer|
|Sumito MATOBA||Pan-Okhotsk Research Center, Assistant Professor|
|Naoto EBUCHI||Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction Group, Professor|
|Takenobu TOYOTA||Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction Group, Assistant Professor|
|Osamu SEKI||Atmospheric and Climate Science Group, Associate Professor|
|Kay I. OHSHIMA||Ocean and Sea Ice Dynamics Group, Professor|
|Yoshimasa MATSUMURA||Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo|
|Seiya NAGAO||Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology, Kanazawa Univeristy|
|Ichiro YASUDA||Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo|