Lake Eutrophication Models

  • G. van Straten
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The subject of this chapter is the relation between nutrient input and response of lakes, particularly the biological response. In the last decade, the complexity of physical, chemical, and biological processes in lakes has prompted the development of modeling as an instrument for providing a simplified, and hopefully more understandable, picture of the system. Modeling must be understood in a broad sense as a means of organizing and representing available information in a systematic and useful way. As was pointed out in Chapter 2, models can serve as an aid to improve our understanding, and to guide us in further research. This is important, but in view of the subject of this book the usefulness of models for judging the effectiveness of “management options for lake eutrophication abatement should receive special attention. Thus, the aim of this chapter is to explore not only what we have gained from modeling exercises thus far, and what are the strong and weak spots, but also what we can conclude about the expected effects of lake eutrophication abatement programs. This discussion is based upon the experiences gained from our work on the Lake Balaton case study, but the conclusions should also be valid for other lake eutrophication problems as well.


Shallow Lake Algal Growth Lake Eutrophication Load Reduction Internal Load 
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