Modeling lakes and reservoirs in the climate system

Limnology and Oceanography
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Modeling studies examining the effect of lakes on regional and global climate, as well as studies on the influence of climate variability and change on aquatic ecosystems, are surveyed. Fully coupled atmosphere-land surface-lake climate models that could be used for both of these types of study simultaneously do not presently exist, though there are many applications that would benefit from such models. It is argued here that current understanding of physical and biogeochemical processes in freshwater systems is sufficient to begin to construct such models, and a path forward is proposed. The largest impediment to fully representing lakes in the climate system lies in the handling of lakes that are too small to be explicitly resolved by the climate model, and that make up the majority of the lake-covered area at the resolutions currently used by global and regional climate models. Ongoing development within the hydrological sciences community and continual improvements in model resolution should help ameliorate this issue.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Modeling lakes and reservoirs in the climate system
Series title Limnology and Oceanography
Volume 54
Issue 6, part 2
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Inc.
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center Water
Description p. 2315-2329
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Limnology and Oceanography
Country United States
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