The heat budget of a lake can best be described as its integrated, thermal response to its external physical climate. Unlike oceans where large-scale advective processes play a major role in the heat exchange processes, lakes are individual entities, each responding slightly differently to its external climate. Viewed in this manner a lake can be considered as a recording climatic instrument. Properly calibrated, this natural climatic indicator can yield information about the climate of a region over periods ranging from a few days or a season to an entire year.
KeywordsSnow Cover Shallow Lake Heat Storage Heat Budget Bowen Ratio
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