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Winter Conditions, Ice, and Climate Change on Lake Superior

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William G Davis Computer Research Centre

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Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

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As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Jay Austin, professor and department head in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University of Minnesota​ Duluth, presents, "Winter Conditions, Ice, and Climate Change on Lake Superior."

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Winter conditions in general, and ice characteristics specifically, on large lakes are poorly understood relative to summer conditions. However, on Lake Superior and other ice-forming lakes, winter conditions play a significant role in determining the properties of the lake throughout the year. In this presentation I will discuss some of our recent progress on understanding how a deep, mid-latitude freshwater lake like Lake Superior behaves in the winter, how it is (and isn’t) different from behavior of smaller lakes, direct measurement of some properties of the ice field, and implications for the lake throughout the subsequent year.

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Jay Austin is Professor and Department Head in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and holds a joint appointment at the Large Lakes Observatory. He has been at UMD since 2005. He received his BS degrees from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Physics and Mathematics, and received a PhD in Physical Oceanography, jointly awarded by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999. His research interests are diverse, drawing on the rich array of physical phenomena in large lakes. His initial work at UMD dealt with the response of large lakes to climate change, work that persists to this day. In addition, he is interested in wind-driven circulation, ecological acoustics, and the role of ice on large lakes, among other topics. He is primarily an observationalist, spending time in the field, on boats, collecting novel data, and bringing oceanographic techniques to the field of lake studies. Support for his work has come primarily from the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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