Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society

Volume 28 | Number 4 | December 2015

Special Issue: A New Look at the Low-Latitude Western Pacific

On the Cover: Photo taken from R/V Ocean Researcher I after finishing physical and biological sampling along a section of the Kuroshio east of Taiwan in September 2014. The large ocean circulation such as that of the North Pacific conveys tremendous heat, water mass, and energy from the equatorial to the mid-latitude ocean and thus is a vital component of Earth’s climate system. The joint effort of the US Origins of the Kuroshio and Mindanao Current and the Taiwan Observations of the Kuroshio Transports and Variability programs is providing a new look into the variability and connectivity of the North Equatorial Current, Mindanao Current, and Kuroshio in the western Pacific.
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FROM THE GUEST EDITORS • A New Look at Circulation in the Western North Pacific: Introduction to the Special Issue
Rudnick, D.L., S. Jan, and C.M. Lee. 2015. A new look at circulation in the western North Pacific. Oceanography 28(4):16–23, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.77.

The Pacific North Equatorial Current: New Insights from the Origins of the Kuroshio and Mindanao Currents (OKMC) Project
Qiu, B., D.L. Rudnick, I. Cerovecki, B.D. Cornuelle, S. Chen, M.C. Schönau, J.L. McClean, and G. Gopalakrishnan. 2015. The Pacific North Equatorial Current: New insights from the origins of the Kuroshio and Mindanao Currents (OKMC) Project. Oceanography 28(4):24–33, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.78.

The Mindanao Current: Mean Structure and Connectivity
Schönau, M.C., D.L. Rudnick, I. Cerovecki, G. Gopalakrishnan, B.D. Cornuelle, J.L. McClean, and B. Qiu. 2015. The Mindanao Current: Mean structure and connectivity. Oceanography 28(4):34–45, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.79.

Shifts in Chlorophyll a off Eastern Luzon, Philippines, Associated with the North Equatorial Current Bifurcation Latitude
Cabrera, O.C., C.L. Villanoy, I.D. Alabia, and A.L. Gordon. 2015. Shifts in chlorophyll a off eastern Luzon, Philippines, associated with the North Equatorial Current bifurcation latitude. Oceanography 28(4):46–53, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.80.

The Kuroshio and Luzon Undercurrent East of Luzon Island
Lien, R.-C., B. Ma, C.M. Lee, T.B. Sanford, V. Mensah, L.R. Centurioni, B.D. Cornuelle, G. Gopalakrishnan, A.L. Gordon, M.-H. Chang, S.R. Jayne, and Y.J. Yang. 2015. The Kuroshio and Luzon Undercurrent east of Luzon Island. Oceanography 28(4):54–63, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.81.

Two Mechanisms Cause Dual Velocity Maxima in the Kuroshio East of Taiwan
Yang, K.-C., J. Wang, C.M. Lee, B. Ma, R.-C. Lien, S. Jan, Y.J. Yang, and M.-H. Chang. 2015. Two mechanisms cause dual velocity maxima in the Kuroshio east of Taiwan. Oceanography 28(4):64–73, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.82.

Mean Structure and Fluctuations of the Kuroshio East of Taiwan from In Situ and Remote Observations
Yang, Y.J., S. Jan, M.-H. Chang, J. Wang, V. Mensah, T.-H. Kuo, C.-J. Tsai, C.-Y. Lee, M. Andres, L.R. Centurioni, Y.-H. Tseng, W.-D. Liang, and J.-W. Lai. 2015. Mean structure and fluctuations of the Kuroshio East of Taiwan from in situ and remote observations. Oceanography 28(4):74–83, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.83.

Mean Structure and Variability of the Kuroshio from Northeastern Taiwan to Southwestern Japan
Andres, M., S. Jan, T.B. Sanford, V. Mensah, L.R. Centurioni, and J.W. Book. 2015. Mean structure and variability of the Kuroshio from northeastern Taiwan to southwestern Japan. Oceanography 28(4):84–95, https://doi.org/​10.5670/oceanog.2015.84.


QUARTERDECK • The Career Profiles Column: Providing Job-Hunting Options and Insights for Five Years and Counting
Kappel, E.S. 2015. Quarterdeck: The Career Profiles Column: Providing job-hunting options and insights for five years and counting. Oceanography 28(4):4–6, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.85.

FROM THE PRESIDENT • A Tribute to John A. Knauss (1925–2015)
Lozier, M.S. 2015. A tribute to John A. Knauss (1925–2015). Oceanography 28(4):7, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.86.

COMMENTARY • Bathymetric Extent of Recent Trawl Damage to the Seabed Captured by an ROV Transect in the Alboran Sea
Brennan, M.L., M. Canals, D.F. Coleman, J.A. Austin Jr., and D. Amblas. 2015. Bathymetric extent of recent trawl damage to the seabed captured by an ROV transect in the Alboran Sea. Oceanography 28(4):8–10, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.87.

RIPPLE MARKS • Life in a Tangled Mangal: Turning the Tide for Mangroves
Dybas, C.L. 2015. Ripple marks—The story behind the story. Oceanography 28(4):8–11, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.88.

HANDS-ON OCEANOGRAPHY • Mimicking the Rayleigh Isotope Effect in the Ocean
Griffith, E.M., J.D. Ortiz, and A.J. Jefferson. 2015. Mimicking the Rayleigh isotope effect in the ocean. Oceanography 28(4):96–101, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.89.

CAREER PROFILES • Options and Insights
Career profiles—Options and insights. 2015. Oceanography 28(4):102–104.

Special Issue Guest Editors

Daniel Rudnick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Sen Jan, National Taiwan University
Craig Lee, University of Washington


Production of this issue of Oceanography was supported by the Office of Naval Research through a grant to Scripps Institution of Oceanography.