Ripples in the surface waters of a Swiss lake (Photo: © 2008 Martin Beniston).
LakeMIP, the Lake Model Intercomparison Project
This project was launched after the Workshop “Parameterization of Lakes in Numerical Weather Prediction and Climate Modelling” held September 18-20, 2008, in St. Petersburg (Zelenogorsk), Russia
Scientists from different research groups (e.g. NWP/RCM, Climate, and Limnology) identified the needs for an intercomparison of existing lake models to simulate not only lake surface temperature (including ice and snow cover) but also the evolution of internal vertical thermal profiles.
Although a number of lake model exists, it has been agreed that one should first focus on few lake models for testing purposes such as these parameterised in atmospheric models (NWP/RCM) thus providing for time varying lower boundary conditions. These tests would ultimately indicate directions for further research and developments.