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Lake-ICE project description

Lake-Induced Convection Experiment


The Lake-Induced Convection Experiment (Lake-ICE) will document boundary layer (BL) phenomena over and in the vicinity of Lake Michigan to determine how BL processes are controlled by Mesoscale BL convective structures and interactions between these structuresand turbulent vertical transport processes throughout the depth of the BL. The field phase of the program will be in two parts from 1-22 December 1997 and 5-24 January 1998. The simultaneous study of mesoscale snowband structures (SNOWBAND Project) will seek to document dynamical and microphysical of mesoscale precipitation bands associated with cyclones moving through the project domain.


Lake-ICE objectives include: 1- determine mechanisms which control the structure and evolution of mesoscale convective cirulations (e.g. rolls and shore-parallel bands) in boundary layers strongly heated from below; 2- to determine interrelationships between these mesoscale circulations, fluxes throughout the depth of the BL, and cloud and precipitation development; 3- to identify the processes by which heat and moisture fluxes from each of the Great Lakes augment larger-scale atmospheric processes.

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Temporal coverage

Begin date: 1997-12-01 00:00:00, End date: 1998-01-24 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Minimum latitude: 37.000000, Minimum longitude: -100.000000
Maximum latitude: 55.000000, Maximum longitude: -74.000000