LakeCC: a tool for efficiently identifying lake basins with application to palaeogeographic reconstructions of North America.

Hinck, Sebastian, Gowan, Evan J. and Lohmann, Gerrit (2020) LakeCC: a tool for efficiently identifying lake basins with application to palaeogeographic reconstructions of North America. Open Access Journal of Quaternary Science, 35 (3). pp. 422-432. DOI 10.1002/jqs.3182.

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Abstract

Along the margins of continental ice sheets, lakes formed in isostatically depressed basins duringglacial retreat. Their shorelines and extent are sensitive to the ice margin and the glacial history of the region.Proglacial lakes, in turn, also impact the glacial isostatic adjustment due to loading, and ice dynamics by posing amarine‐like boundary condition at the ice margin. In this study we present a tool that efficiently identifies lake basinsand the corresponding maximum water level for a given ice sheet and topography reconstruction. This algorithm,called the LakeCC model, iteratively checks the whole map for a set of increasing water levels and fills isolated basinsuntil they overflow into the ocean. We apply it to the present‐day Great Lakes and the results show good agreement(∼1−4%) with measured lake volume and depth. We then apply it to two topography reconstructions of NorthAmerica between the Last Glacial Maximum and the present. The model successfully reconstructs glacial lakes suchas Lake Agassiz, Lake McConnell and the predecessors of the Great Lakes. LakeCC can be used to judge the quality ofice sheet reconstructions.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: glacial lake; Great Lakes; Lake Agassiz; North America; paleogeography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1002/jqs.3182
ISSN: 0267-8179
Projects: PalMod
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2020 12:53
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 12:39
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/49291

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