Articles | Volume 24, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 5559–5577, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-5559-2020
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 5559–5577, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-5559-2020

Research article 24 Nov 2020

Research article | 24 Nov 2020

Variability in epilimnion depth estimations in lakes

Harriet L. Wilson et al.

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Lakes are often described in terms of vertical layers. The epilimnion refers to the warm surface layer that is homogeneous due to mixing. The depth of the epilimnion can influence air–water exchanges and the vertical distribution of biological variables. We compared various methods for defining the epilimnion layer and found large variability between methods. Certain methods may be better suited for applications such as multi-lake comparison and assessing the impact of climate change.