Topographic Waves in Lakes

  • Lawrence A. Mysak
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 286)


During the past decade there has been an increasing number of temperature and current observations in various lakes which show pronounced oscillations with a characteristic period of a few days. The existence of such long-period oscillations in a rotating circular basin with a parabolic depth profile was pointed out by Poincaré (1910), and the first explicit solution for these topographic wave modes (also called second class waves, vortex modes and quasi-geostrophic waves) was given by Lamb (1932). However, it is only very recently (e.g., see Saylor et al., 1980) that observations and an appropriate theory have been combined to provide a unified account of low-frequency motions in lakes.


Wind Stress Grave Mode Lake Center Surface Gravity Wave Elliptic Paraboloid 


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  • Lawrence A. Mysak
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  1. 1.Departments of Mathematics and OceanographyThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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