Interannual variation in the thermal structure of clear and colored lakes

  • Snucins E
  • Gunn J
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Abstract

We used end-of-summer temperature profiles to examine the thermal structure of 86 small ( 4 mg L-1) lakes. During warm years, the volume of cold water (C) was reduced in clear lakes. In colored lakes, deep water temperatures were more stable, and cold water volume actually increased during one warm year. We suggest that clear lakes will be more sensitive than colored lakes to the warming effects of climate change. Because cigar lakes exhibit large thermal changes in response to small differences in DOC, they will also be more sensitive to changes in DOC levels associated with altered hydrological inputs, climate change, or acidification.

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  • E. Snucins

  • J. Gunn

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