More intensive ice melting and turbulent exchange under the ice in the areas of the jet-like currents on Lake Baikal

  • Aslamov I.A. 1
  • Granin N.G. 1
  • Zyryanov V.N. 2
  • 1 Limnological Institute, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ulan-Batorskaya Str., 3, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
    2 Water Problems Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Gubkina Str. 3, Moscow, 119333, Russia
Keywords: Lake Baikal, ice cover, ice ring structures, currents.


This study discusses the areas with decreased ice thickness detected by satellite images in the late March-early April before the destruction of ice. We compared the areas of jet-like currents near Kadilny Cape with ring structures on the ice. The data on the measurements of the ice thickness and currents in these areas indicate that a decrease in the ice thickness is due to the intensification of under-ice currents. Also we estimated heat fluxes at the ice-water interface for these areas.