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dc.contributor.authorAyala, Ana
dc.contributor.authorde Eyto, Elvira
dc.contributor.authorJennings, Eleanor
dc.contributor.authorGoyette, Stéphane
dc.contributor.authorPierson, Don C.
dc.date.accessioned2024-01-12T10:45:36Z
dc.date.available2024-01-12T10:45:36Z
dc.date.issued2023
dc.identifier.citationAyala, A.I., de Eyto, E., Jennings, E., Goyette, S., & Pierson, D.C. (2023). Global warming will change the thermal structure of Lough Feeagh, a sentinel lake in the Irish landscape, by the end of the twenty-first century. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 123(3), 147-165. https://doi.org/10.1353/bae.2023.a916008.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2009-003X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10793/1884
dc.descriptionPeer revieweden_US
dc.description.abstractRecent developments in impact modelling of global warming on lakes have resulted in a greater understanding of how these vital ecosystems are likely to respond. However, there has been little quantitative analysis of this in an Irish context, despite the importance of lakes in the island's landscape. Here, we explore the impact of global warming on the hydrodynamics and thermal structure of a sentinel Irish lake under future climate scenarios. A 1D lake model, Simstrat, was calibrated and validated using water temperature data collected from Lough Feeagh, a site of long-term ecological research in the west of Ireland. Once validated, the model was then driven by daily climate model projections to generate informative thermal metrics for the time period of 2006–2099. Despite the moderating influence of the Atlantic, projections indicate that global warming will have a marked effect on the thermal structure of Feeagh, with surface water temperatures set to warm by 0.75°C under a more stringent mitigation pathway (RCP 2.6) and 2.42°C under a non-mitigation pathway (RCP 8.5). While warming was projected to be greatest in summer in the epilimnion, winter warming was greater than in other seasons in the hypolimnion. Stratification is projected to become more stable and earlier, and the growing season to be longer by 11 to 47 days, depending on mitigation pathways. Future studies could use a similar modelling workflow to investigate the possible implications of global warming on other Irish lakes, particularly those of specific societal importance or those of conservation interest.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherRoyal Irish Academyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBiology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy;123(3), 147-165
dc.subjectResearch Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCESen_US
dc.subjectGlobal warmingen_US
dc.subjectLough Feeaghen_US
dc.subjectthermal structureen_US
dc.subjectsentinel lakeen_US
dc.titleGlobal warming will change the thermal structure of Lough Feeagh, a sentinel lake in the Irish landscape, by the end of the twenty-first centuryen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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