The Influence of Opposing Flow and Its Separation of SBF over Masan on Southeast Coast of the Korea

  • Ji, Hyo-Eun (Division of Earth Environmental System, Pusan National University) ;
  • Lee, Kwi-Ok (Atmospheric Environment & Information Research Center, Inje University) ;
  • Lee, Soon-Hwan (Institute of Environmental Research, Pusan National University) ;
  • Park, Soon-Young (Division of Earth Environmental System, Pusan National University) ;
  • Jeon, Won-Bae (Division of Earth Environmental System, Pusan National University) ;
  • Lee, Hwa-Woon (Division of Earth Environmental System, Pusan National University)
  • Received : 2011.03.25
  • Accepted : 2011.07.05
  • Published : 2011.12.31


A Sea breeze front (SBF) appears clear particularly if there is opposing wind, and the convergence zone along a SBF affects air quality in coastal areas. This study analyzes features of SBF separation in the presence of an opposing flow in the southeastern coastal area of Korea Peninsula. Using a Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS) numerical simulation and an opposing flow, two types of SBF were observed at Masan coastal area of Korea. In one, the SBF penetrated inland despite of the opposing flow at Jinhae (1100 LST), Wondong (1700 LST), Saenglim (1700 LST), and Miryang (1700 LST). In the other, the SBF remained on the coastline along with Jinhae (1100 LST), Masan (1400 LST), Jinbuk (1400 LST), and Gaecheon (1700 LST), because the inflow of the sea breeze was not sufficient to penetrate inland against the opposing flow. This study shows that SBFs are affected by the formation of an opposing flow, as well as the inflows of a sea breeze and the opposing flow.



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