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WSC - The Influence of Legacy P on Lake Water Quality

Using a suite of numerical models, we investigated the influence of legacy P on water quality in the Yahara Watershed of southern Wisconsin, USA. The suite included Agro-IBIS, a terrestrial ecosystem model; THMB, a hydrologic and nutrient routing model; and the Yahara Water Quality Model which estimates water quality indicators in the Yahara chain of lakes. Using five alternative scenarios of antecedent P storage (legacy P) in soils and channels under historical climate conditions, we simulated outcomes of P yield from the landscape, lake P loading, and three lake water quality indicators. Data and code may also be found in
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We developed a watershed modeling framework that can simulate an array of ecosystem services, including land-to-lake flows of water, sediment, and nutrients, and surface water quality (Figure 1). The framework includes process-based representation of natural and managed ecosystems (Agro- IBIS), hydrologic routing of water, sediment, and nutrients through the surface hydrologic network (THMB), and prediction of Secchi disk depth (a measure of lake transparency), summertime lake total phosphorus (TP) concentration, and the probability of hypereutrophy in each lake (Yahara Water Quality Model).
for detailed description of modeling approach please see:
Motew, M., Chen, X., Booth, E.G. et al. The Influence of Legacy P on Lake Water Quality in a Midwestern Agricultural Watershed. Ecosystems 20, 1468–1482 (2017).
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