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Convectively driven transport in temperate lakes


Forrest, AL and Laval, BE and Pieters, R and Lim, DSS, Convectively driven transport in temperate lakes, Limnology and Oceanography, 53, (5 PART 2) pp. 2321-2332. ISSN 0024-3590 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.4319/lo.2008.53.5_part_2.2321


Penetrative convection in the surface layer of a midsize temperate lake (5 km2) was investigated in both summer and winter using a conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) logger mounted on an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) flown repeatedly along horizontal transects at selected depths. In summer, the epilimnion cooled differentially during a calm evening (240 and 297 W m-2 on the east and west sides of the lake, respectively). These cooling rates agree well with the average net heat flux of 270 W m-2 estimated from meteorological data. Density currents were driven by this differential cooling. In winter, CTD profiles during a sunny day showed four distinct thermal layers beneath the ice (∼50 cm thick), consistent with radiative penetrative convection: a stratified diffusive layer just beneath the ice (top 1.6 m); a well-mixed convective layer (that deepens at 1.14 m d -1 and warms at 0.015°C d-1 during the observation period); an entrainment layer (1.5 m thick); and a weakly stratified quiescent layer (to bottom). AUV transects, flown at constant depths in each layer, revealed a 150-m wide region displaying evidence of penetrative convection, surrounded by regions with negligible heat changes. These high-resolution, horizontal CTD measurements provided insight into previously unresolved physical dynamics of the well-mixed layer of a temperate lake in quasi-shear-free conditions that would have been difficult to quantify during summer months and impossible under winter ice cover without the use of an AUV platform. © 2008, by the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Inc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:autonomous underwater vehicle; cooling; heat flux; ice cover; lake; oceanic convection; temperate environment
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Special vehicles
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
UTAS Author:Forrest, AL (Dr Alexander Forrest)
ID Code:82351
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:49
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2013-01-25
Last Modified:2014-02-21

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