Jurnal Ilmu dan Teknologi Kelautan Tropis
Vol 8, No 1 (2016): Elektronik Jurnal Ilmu dan Teknologi Kelautan Tropis


Atmadipoera, Agus S. (Unknown)
Horhoruw, Selfrida M. (Unknown)
Purba, Mulia (Unknown)
Nugroho, Dwi Y. (Unknown)

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Publish Date
11 Nov 2016


Using outputs of INDESO model, this study investigated vertical structure, spatial and temporal variation of the Indonesian Throughflow in Makassar Strait (M-ITF). It was shown that the main axis of persistent southward jet of M-ITF formed a unique path following the western shelf slope along the strait, which was associated with a high kinetic energy (KE) region from near-surface down to the thermocline layer. Furthermore, a drastic jump of KE appeared in the narrow and deep Libani Chan-nel (near 3°S) where the strait's width shrinks significantly, thus an elevated flow velocity was needed to maintain transport volume balance. Here, maximum southward velocity at thermocline exceeded 1.2 m/s. Spatial pattern of M-ITF can be described by the first EOF mode which accounts for 79 % of the total variances. It exhibited that contours of the flow amplitudes were similar to M-ITF path, and the largest amplitude was located near the Libani Channel. Out-of-phase relationship of the flow was found between M-ITF and eddies circulation that developed in the edges of the strait. Corresponding temporal fluctuation of the first EOF mode indicated that M-ITF variabilities varied from intra-seasonal to inter-annual scales. Annual fluctuation of M-ITF was seen from EOF mode-2 (at thermocline layer) and mode-3 at lower-thermocline. Cross-spectra analysis revealed that variability of M- ITF (e.g. on annual scale) at northern entrance was highly coherent to the fluctuations of North Equatorial Current (NEC) and Mindanao Current (MC), suggesting that variability of M-ITF was remotely influenced by the Pacific low-latitude western boundary currents. Keywords: INDESO model, Indonesian Throughflow, Makassar Strait, EOF, Cross-Spectra Analysis

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Earth & Planetary Sciences


Journal of Tropical Marine Science and Technology (Jurnal Ilmu dan Teknologi Kelautan Tropis)  is a scientific journal in the field of tropical marine science and technology. We have a aims and scope to focus in publishing a good quality scientific articles for dissemination of research results ...