Lakes as coupled human and natural systems
Evaluating the effects of upstream lakes and wetlands on lake phosphorus concentrations
- The presence, connectivity, and configuration of upstream lakes and wetlands are features of the landscape that are likely to affect downstream lake phosphorus concentrations.
- These freshwater features are rarely incorporated into phosphorus loading models, perhaps because of the need for spatially-explicit approaches that account for their location and configuration.
- What level of spatial complexity is needed to effectively model lake phosphorus concentrations?
- What effects do upstream lakes and wetlands have on downstream lake phosphorus concentrations?
- Comparison of the performance of four models with different levels of spatial complexity using 399 Michigan lakes.
MSU Center for Water Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
University of Florida