Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 1169–1189, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-1169-2021

Special issue: Modelling inland waters in a changing climate (GMD/ESD/TC...

Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 1169–1189, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-1169-2021

Research article 16 Nov 2021

Research article | 16 Nov 2021

Accounting for surface waves improves gas flux estimation at high wind speed in a large lake

Pascal Perolo et al.

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Wind blowing over the ocean creates waves that, by increasing the level of turbulence, promote gas exchange at the air–water interface. In this study, for the first time, we measured enhanced gas exchanges by wind-induced waves at the surface of a large lake. We adapted an ocean-based model to account for the effect of surface waves on gas exchange in lakes. We finally show that intense wind events with surface waves contribute disproportionately to the annual CO2 gas flux in a large lake.
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