Vietnamese and French researchers from LEGOS, LOG and VAST investigated the daily to interannual variability of the Red River plume in the Gulf of Tonkin using 6-year (2011-2016) high-resolution numerical simulations. Their results show that the temporal evolution of the plume surface coverage is correlated with runoff (with a lag), but that runoff alone cannot explain the variability of the river plume; other processes, such as winds and tides, are involved.
These results are published in Frontiers in Marine Science:
Reference: Nguyen-Duy T, Ayoub NK, Marsaleix P, Toublanc F, De Mey-Frémaux P, Piton V, Herrmann M, Duhaut T, Tran MC and Ngo-Duc T, 2021. Variability of the Red River Plume in the Gulf of Tonkin as Revealed by Numerical Modeling and Clustering Analysis. Front. Mar. Sci. 8:772139. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.772139, ⟨hal-03441704⟩
Contact: Nadia Ayoub (LEGOS), nadia.ayoubATlegos.obs-mip.fr