National Research Program


Lake-Atmospheric Interactions

The overall goal of this research is to broaden our understaning of how lakes interact with the atmosphere on short (diurnal) to long (104 year) time scales and to provide, through appropriate models of lake thermal structure and mixing, methods for invesitigating the effects of climate, climate change, and anthropogenic intervention on lake systems. The models also will be used to investigate the effect of lakes on the atmosphere. Highlights include:

  • High-resolution computer simulations of the climate and surface hydrology of the Great Basin provide a framework for atmosphere- environmental modeling.
  • Collaboration in developing computer model of δ18O and δ2H in lakes, the first physically based, predictive model of isotopic behavior in lakes.

For information on additional projects in the National Research Program, see Indexes to NRP projects and bibliographies.

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