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Direct Observations of Lakes Superior and Michigan/Huron Evaporation

This project supports the IJC's Upper Great Lakes Study's   overarching objective of determining the hydro-climatological   controls on the upper Great Lakes' water levels through the direct   observation of lake evaporation. This project will employ the eddy   covariance method to directly measure evaporative flux water losses   from Lakes Superior and Michigan/Huron. Understanding the magnitude   and physical controls of lake evaporation will be used to calibrate   and improve regional climate and hydrologic models for use in water   management planning in the Great Lakes. The direct measurements of   evaporation are used with concurrent buoy, satellite and climate   model data to extrapolate evaporation measurements across the entire   lake.  This data generates information that demonstrates the   predominant mechanisms controlling evaporation from Lake Superior.    This knowledge could improve predictions of how climate change may   impact the lake's water budget and subsequently how the water in the   lake is managed.

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Peter BlankenPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 1 projects
Christopher SpenceResearcher
Associated with 1 projects
Agencies

Funding 13 projects for a total of $134,000.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Landscape
Processes
Natural Physical/Geological Processes
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Huron
Lake Michigan
Lake Superior
State Province
Michigan
Ontario
Wisconsin
Annex Numbers
Surveillance and Monitoring

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