Articles | Volume 26, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 331–353, 2022
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 331–353, 2022
Research article
24 Jan 2022
Research article | 24 Jan 2022

Seasonality of density currents induced by differential cooling

Tomy Doda et al.

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At night or during cold periods, the shallow littoral region of lakes cools faster than their deeper interior. This induces a cold downslope current that carries littoral waters offshore. From a 1-year-long database collected in a small temperate lake, we resolve the seasonality of this current and report its frequent occurrence from summer to winter. This study contributes to a better quantification of lateral exchange in lakes, with implications for the transport of dissolved compounds.