The contribution of evaporation from the Great Lakes to the continental atmosphere: estimate based on stable isotope data

Joel R. Gat, Carl J. Bowser, Carol Kendall

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

310 Scopus citations

Abstract

The isotopic composition of precipitation and river runoff in the vicinity of the North American Great Lakes is characterized by a higher deuterium‐excess value than observed in the advecting air masses. It is suggested that this indicates that evaporated moisture from the surface waters is mixed with the atmosphere waters. A preliminary estimate of the atmospheric water balance during summer and autumn indicates that between 4.6%–15.7% of the atmospheric water content downwind from the Great Lakes is derived from lake evaporation during summer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-560
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume21
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (all)

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'The contribution of evaporation from the Great Lakes to the continental atmosphere: estimate based on stable isotope data'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this