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Title: Characterization of the Lake Erie ice cover
Authors: Daly, Steven F.
Keywords: Ice on rivers, lakes, etc.
Wind turbines
Remote sensing
Erie, Lake
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/CRREL ; TR-16-5
Abstract: Abstract: The developing offshore wind energy industry in Northern Ohio is looking to place wind turbines in Lake Erie. The floating lake ice that forms in Lake Erie each winter is a very important consideration for the design of the wind-turbine towers and for the foundations sited in the lake. This report uses historical meteorological and surface-ice thickness observations, 41 years of ice chart information, and lake-bed surveys of ice scours to estimate the characteristics of the Lake Erie ice cover important to the design of offshore wind-turbine towers. These characteristics include the expected thickness of the ice cover due to thermal growth, the historical spatial and temporal distribution of the ice cover throughout the winter season; and the estimated consolidated layer thickness and maximum keel depths of ice ridges formed in the lake. The report also describes the results of an innovative satellite-based synthetic aperture radar survey that included multi-temporal acquisitions of the lake ice cover during the winter of 2014–15. A stationary linear feature was evident in a time series of three spatially overlapping images, suggesting a grounded ice ridge. At that time of this publication, this is the first satellite-based evidence of ice ridges in Lake Erie.
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