Penetrative Convection in Mixed Layer Models

by Emmet M. Owens, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: While surface heat transfer is important in lakes and reservoirs, solar radiation, which penetrates the water surface and is absorbed in the water column, also exists. In this work, a revised scaling is proposed which accounts for adsorption of solar radiation below the surface in addition to the surface fluxes. This scaling is compared to earlier ones through application of a mixed-layer model to Green Lake, Jamesville, NY, a wind-sheltered meromictic lake where convective mixing dominates in the mixed layer.

Subject Headings: Solar radiation | Lakes | Water surface | Mathematical models | Adsorption | Fouling | Wind engineering | Heat transfer | North America | United States | New York

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