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Article Type

Full Research Article

Volume

6

Issue

1

Abstract

Satellite measurements of lake surface temperature can benefit several environmental applications such as estimation of lake evaporation, predictions of lake overturning, and meteorological forecasts. Using a one-dimensional lake simulation that incorporates satellite measurements of lake surface temperature, the average diurnal variation in lake surface temperature was obtained. The satellite measurements were obtained from the MODIS instrument aboard the Aqua and Terra satellites. Herein the functional form for the diurnal variation in surface temperature is presented for each of the five major lakes in the Savannah River Basin, which are located in South Carolina and Georgia: Lakes Jocassee, Keowee, Hartwell, Russell, and Thurmond. Differences in the diurnal variation in surface temperature between each of these lakes are identified and potential explanations for these differences are presented.

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