View of the SAFL building from the river
January 16, 2013


Emily Resseger MS Defense 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 1:00pm
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory ~ Room 305
Wind Variability over a Small Wind-Sheltered Lake
Emily Resseger, Master of Science candidate in Water Resources Science
Advisor: Heinz Stefan, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota
Wind is one of the most important, highly uncertain, and least investigated drivers of lake processes. In lake modeling, the wind over a lake is often estimated from point measurements at a remote weather station. Whether the surrogate wind data is representative of a lake’s wind field depends on distance from the weather station as well as sheltering of the lake by trees and topography. To better understand the actual wind field over a small wind-sheltered lake we deployed five anemometers in different locations on Trout Lake, MN, for four months. We compared wind speeds and directions recorded on Trout Lake to Grand Marais Airport, 16 kilometers away. The effect of wind sheltering on the lake was quantified by a wind sheltering coefficient estimated using measured wind speeds and also an empirical model, adjusted for varying fetch and canopy cover depending on wind direction. Our long-term goal is to identify the data and analysis required to reduce uncertainty in lake water quality and fish habitat models.