The Circulation of Large Lakes

  • J. R. Bennett


Highlights of the last two decades of research on the circulation of large lakes and its implications for the study of oceanic coastal up-welling are reviewed. First, progress in understanding the effects of rotation and nonlinearity on the internal seiches of lakes is traced from the detection of small geostrophic effects to evidence for nonlinear effects on internal Kelvin waves. Second, models of thermal circulation of lakes are discussed. Third, Birchfield’s recent theory of wind-driven flow in a homogeneous lake is described and numerically evaluated and an attempt is made to assess the strength of the Taylor-Proudman constraint in confining the deep waters of the Great Lakes.


Continental Shelf Great Lake Eddy Viscosity Shore Zone North Shore 
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