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Title:The Structure and Intensity of Winter Mesoscale Lake -Effect Circulations Associated With an Isolated Lake
Author(s):Laird, Neil Francis
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):David Kristovich
Department / Program:Atmospheric Sciences
Discipline:Atmospheric Sciences
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Geophysics
Abstract:To understand and predict the strength of mesoscale lake-effect circulations a simple function, called the lake-effect intensity index, was developed using the dimensional analysis technique. The intensity index was found to be equivalent to scaling the Froude number by a dimensionless quantity comprised of lake-air temperature difference, fetch distance, air temperature, and boundary layer height to improve its predictive capability. The intensity index: (1) accounts for the relative contributions of variables fundamental to the lake-effect system, (2) effectively predicts the strength of lake-effect circulations from first order fundamental variables that are easily measured, and (3) can be used regardless of the lake-effect morphological regime.
Issue Date:2001
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:146 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/85956
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3023107
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2001


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