Modeling the effects of reservoir operation on algal dynamics
Case Studies in Chemical and Environmental Engineering
The purpose of this study was to simulate the effects of changing drinking water reservoir operation scenarios on chlorophyll a concentrations in the reservoir using the model CE-QUAL-W2. When transfers were initiated earlier, water lower in nutrients and organic matter mixed throughout the water column before thermal stratification, leading to lower concentrations of chlorophyll a in the summer months. Starting the transfer later, when the reservoir was stratified, resulted in greater chlorophyll a concentrations in the summer, but lower concentrations in the early fall. Results offer insights into possible sensitivities and insensitivities of the algae to reservoir operation.
Jeznach, L. C., Kroon, J., Sundberg, E., & Bosse, A. (2023). Modeling the effects of reservoir operation on algal dynamics. Case Studies in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 7 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cscee.2023.100309