Water quality concerns associated with the distribution of nutrients in
lakes and reservoirs make information on naturally occurring processes, which
affect water movement, of significant value. These processes can be driven
by wind, rain, solar radiation, surface cooling, photosynthetic activity,
ground water intrusion and Coriolis forces. This study focuses on the
diurnal effects of radiative heating and convective surface cooling as the
driving forces of change in the water temperature profiles. It has been
shown that the horizontal temperature gradients caused by the heating and
cooling of littoral waters, and the density differences associated with these
temperature gradients, cause horizontal and vertical exchange of water within
the littoral and adjacent profundal regions (Stefan, Horsch and Barko, 1989).
Silver, Craig A,; Ellis, Christopher R.; Stefan, Heinz G..
Heating and Cooling of a Shallow Bay in Eau Galle Reservoir: Field Measurements and Interpretation.
St. Anthony Falls Hydraulic Laboratory.
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