Numerical simulation of circulation and water property in the Yellow Sea.
The Yellow Sea is characterized by relatively shallow water depth, varying range of tidal action and very complex coastal geometry such as islands, bays, peninsulas, tidal flats, shoals etc. The dynamic system is controlled by tides, regional winds, river discharge, and interaction with the Kuroshio. The circulation, water mass properties and their variability in the Yellow Sea are very complicated and still far from clear understanding. Numerical simulation of using the ROMS model was conducted for seasonal circulation and thermohaline structure in the Yellow Sea. This study demonstrates the applicability of the terrain-following ROMS model to major processes in the Yellow Sea such as distinct features of different circulation patterns, dilution of seawater due to fresh water discharge from major rivers, exchange between coastal waters and shelf waters across the tidal fronts etc.