Thermal and dynamic characteristics of alpine lake breezes, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

McGowan, Hamish A., Owens, Ian F. and Sturman, Andrew P. (1995) Thermal and dynamic characteristics of alpine lake breezes, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 76 1: 3-24. doi:10.1007/BF00710888

Author McGowan, Hamish A.
Owens, Ian F.
Sturman, Andrew P.
Title Thermal and dynamic characteristics of alpine lake breezes, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Journal name Boundary-Layer Meteorology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0006-8314
Publication date 1995-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF00710888
Volume 76
Issue 1
Start page 3
End page 24
Total pages 22
Place of publication Dordrecht, Holland
Publisher Reide
Language eng
Subject 040107 Meteorology
Abstract Thermodynamic characteristics and temporal variation of alpine lake breezes in the eastern Southern Alps are examined. Research was conducted in a large glacially excavated basin dominated by an 87 square kilometre melt-water lake as part of a study of windblown dust dispersion. The surrounding mountain ranges were found to shelter the lake basin from most synoptic winds, thereby allowing local and regional thermally generated circulations to develop to ridge height, approximately 1300m above the surrounding landscape. During favourable synoptic conditions the local lake breeze becomes embedded within the regional valley wind forming an extended lake breeze. Tethersonde flights during these conditions made using a kite based sounding system identified both stable internal (SIBL) and thermal internal boundary layer (TIBL) conditions over the down wind shoreline. Two equations for estimating the height of both boundary-layer types were tested against observations and found to provide good first order predictive estimates of boundary-layer height.
Keyword Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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