Lake and climate models linkage: a 3-D hydrodynamic contribution
- 1University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, N2G3L1, Canada
- 2University of Guelph, Computing Research Laboratory for the Environment, Guelph, Ontario, N1G2W1, Canada
- 3Environment Canada, National Water Research Institute, Burlington, Ontario, L7R4A6, Canada
Abstract. Under a Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) project, targeted to study the feasibility to link regional climate models with lake models, one of the tasks was to consider such a coupling in large lakes. The objective is to provide detailed information on temperature and circulation distributions of the lake to take into account the spatial variability for temperature and the heat exchange through the water's surface. The major contribution of this work is focused on realistic representation of the heat fluxes and temperature distributions to and from lakes especially during the thermally stratified ice-free periods. This paper presents the detailed 3-D ELCOM model applied in Lake Erie in order to produce, at the surface layer of the lake, the spatial distribution of temperature and heat exchanges that eventually can be coupled with a regional climate model (CRCM). Preliminary results will be presented on how this lake model may improve the regional climate models, which currently do not consider such large lake circulation effects.