The contribution of evaporation from the Great Lakes to the continental atmosphere: estimate based on stable isotope data

Geophysical Research Letters
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Abstract

The isotopic composition of precipitation and river runoff in the vicinity of the North American Great Lakes is characterized by a higher deuterium-excess value than observed in the advecting air masses. It is suggested that this indicates that evaporated moisture from the surface waters is mixed with the atmosphere waters. A preliminary estimate of the atmospheric water balance during summer and autumn indicates that between 4.6%–15.7% of the atmospheric water content downwind from the Great Lakes is derived from lake evaporation during summer.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The contribution of evaporation from the Great Lakes to the continental atmosphere: estimate based on stable isotope data
Series title Geophysical Research Letters
DOI 10.1029/94GL00069
Volume 21
Issue 7
Year Published 1994
Language English
Publisher Wiley
Description 4 p.
First page 557
Last page 560
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