Energy budget study for Lake Ontario


  • J. O. Ludwigson


Readability is not necessarily a common characteristic of scientific reports, but G.K. Rodgers and G.K. Sotto of the Great Lakes Institute of the University of Toronto have achieved it in this preliminary report on the calculation of the heat budget of Lake Ontario.

The two investigators essentially calculated a daily heat flux for the open water of Lake Ontario for the period beginning January 1, 1965, and ending June 30, 1969. They based their calculations on the 'principal factors associated with the gain and loss of heat by large lakes' incident and reflected solar radiation, absorbed and emitted long-wave radi ation, sensible heat transfer across the air/water interface, and the latent heat associated with water vapor exchange at the interface.