River Inflows into Lakes: Basin Temperature Profiles Driven By Peeling Detrainment from Dense Underflows

Monday, 15 December 2014
Charlie Alan Renshaw Hogg1, Herbert Eric Huppert1, Jorg Imberger2 and Stuart Bruce Dalziel3, (1)University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, (2)University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA, Australia, (3)Univ Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Dense gravity currents from river inflows feed fluid into confined basins in lakes. Large inflows can influence temperature profiles in the basins. Existing parameterisations of the circulation and mixing of such inflows are often based on the entrainment of ambient fluid into the underflowing gravity currents. However, recent observations have suggested that uni-directional entrainment into a gravity current does not fully describe the transfer between such gravity currents and the ambient water.

Laboratory experiments visualised peeling detrainment from the gravity current occurring when the ambient fluid was stratified. A theoretical model of the observed peeling detrainment was developed to predict the temperature profile in the basin. This new model gives a better approximation of the temperature profile observed in the experiments than the pre-existing entraining model. The model can now be developed such that it integrates into operational models of lake basins.