Eutrophication and the management of planktonic algae: What Vollenweider couldn't tell us

Reynolds, C.S. (1992) Eutrophication and the management of planktonic algae: What Vollenweider couldn't tell us. In: Sutcliffe, David W. and Jones, J. Gwynfryn (eds.) Eutrophication: research and application to water supply. Ambleside, UK, Freshwater Biological Association, pp. 4-29. (FBA Special Publications,3)

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Abstract

The ”Vollenweider model” is a sophisticated mathematical statement about the long-range behaviour of (mainly temperate) lakes and their ability to support phytoplankton chlorophyll. Misapplication of the model, against which Vollenweider himself warned, has led to many misconceptions about the dynamics of plankton in lakes and reservoirs and about how best to manage systems subject to eutrophication. This contribution intends to frame the most important issues in context of the phosphorus- loading and phosphorus-limitation concepts. Emphasis is placed on the need to distinguish rate-limitation from capacity-limitation, to understand which is more manageable and why, to discern the mechanisms of internal recycling and their importance, and to appreciate the respective roles of physical and biotic components in local control of algal dynamics. Some general approaches to the management of water quality in lakes and reservoirs to eutrophication are outlined.

Item Type: Book Section
Title: Eutrophication and the management of planktonic algae: What Vollenweider couldn't tell us
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Reynolds, C.S.
Title of Book: Eutrophication: research and application to water supply
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Sutcliffe, David W.
Jones, J. Gwynfryn
Refereed: No
Series Name: FBA Special Publications
Volume: 3
Page Range: pp. 4-29
Date: 1992
Publisher: Freshwater Biological Association
Place of Publication: Ambleside, UK
ISBN: 978-0900386-52-7
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Eutrophication; Algal blooms; Phytoplankton; Models; Phosphorus; Ecosystem management; Nutrients (mineral); Plant growth; Growth regulators; Freshwater lakes
Subjects: Ecology
Limnology
Pollution
Item ID: 5285
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 09 May 2011 20:04
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 15:11
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/5285

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