Special Issue "Lake Surface Water Temperature Trend as an Indicator of Global Warming"
A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Biosphere/Hydrosphere/Land–Atmosphere Interactions".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2021) | Viewed by 2173
Interests: trends of atmospheric aerosols using satellite data and ground-based measurements; modeling and forecast of desert dust and sea-salt aerosols; lake remote sensing
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In recent years, our planet has experienced some of the warmest air temperatures ever recorded, accompanied by record-breaking weather extremes such as powerful storms, severe droughts, and huge wildfires. Lake surface water temperature determines a large variety of physical, chemical, and biological processes in lake water bodies. As a consequence of the air being in contact with the lake water surface, the air–water interaction affects the dynamics and thermodynamics of the air and water boundary layers. Some other atmospheric factors such as cloudiness and winds as well as their trends could contribute to lake surface water temperature and its trend. This explains why lakes are sensitive to climate change. Air warming in the overlying atmosphere due to climatic variations is reflected in lake surface water temperature. This highlights the importance of investigating the relationship between global warming and lake surface water temperature warming.
Many of the world’s lakes are located in arid regions. These lakes are particularly sensitive to climatic changes characterized by atmospheric warming and a decreasing tendency in rainfall amounts. The above-mentioned changes are accompanied by an increase in evaporation and a decrease in precipitation. This causes an imbalance between water inflow and evaporation and, consequently, affects lake water temperature and lake shrinkage. This situation contributes to the fact that many of the world's lakes located in arid regions are shrinking at alarming rates.
Lake surface water temperature trends can be an indicator of climate change. Consequently, these trends are essential climate variables. Moreover, lake sensitivity to climate change could impact surface temperature trends over land areas adjacent to the lakes.
The aim of this Special Issue is to present studies using a state-of-the-art approach for comprehensively investigating surface temperature trends over lakes and adjacent land areas. This approach is based not only on single-point (buoy) observations, but also on spatially resolved temperature observations from satellites and/or model results.
Dr. Pavel Kishcha
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- Global warming
- Trend in lake surface water temperature
- Climate change
- Lake warming
- Lake remote sensing
- Buoy measurements of lake water temperature
- Modeling of lake warming