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Estimations of Water Volume and External Loading Based on DYRESM Hydrodynamic Model at Lake Dianchi

Institute for Ecological Research and Pollution Control of Plateau Lakes, School of Ecology and Environmental Science, Yunnan University, Kunming 650504, China
Kunming Dianchi & Plateau Lakes Institute, Kunming 650500, China
Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, China
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Academic Editors: Fei Zhang, Ngai Weng Chan, Xinguo Li, Xiaoping Wang and George Arhonditsis
Water 2022, 14(18), 2832;
Received: 29 June 2022 / Revised: 15 August 2022 / Accepted: 6 September 2022 / Published: 12 September 2022
There are many rivers flowing from complex paths into Lake Dianchi. At present, there is a lack of inflow and water quality monitoring data for some rivers, resulting in limited accuracy of statistical results regarding water volume and external loading estimations. In this study, we used DYRESM to estimate the water volume entering Waihai of Lake Dianchi from 2007 to 2019 without historical hydrological observation data. Then, we combined this information with the monthly monitoring data of water quality to calculate the annual external loading. Our results showed that: (1) DYRESM could effectively capture the extreme changes of water level at Waihai, showing its reliable applicability to Lake Dianchi. (2) The average annual inflow of rivers entering Waihai was about 6.69 × 108 m3. The fitting relationship between river inflow and precipitation was significant on annual scale (r = 0.74), with a higher inner-annual fitting coefficient between them (r = 0.98), thus suggesting that precipitation and its caused river inflows are the main water source for Waihai. (3) From 2007 to 2010, the river loadings remained at a high level. They decreased to 2445.44 t (total nitrogen, TN) and 106.53 t (total phosphorus, TP) due to a followed drought in 2011. (4) The river loading had annual variation characteristics. The contribution rates of TN and TP loading in the rainy season were 63% and 67% respectively. (5) Panlong River, Daqing River, Jinjia River, Xinbaoxiang River, Cailian River and Hai River were the main inflow rivers. Their loadings accounted for 81.3% (TN) and 80.3% (TP) of the total inputs. (6) River loadings have gradually reduced and the water quality of Waihai has continually improved. However, Pearson analysis results showed that the water quality parameters were not significantly correlated with their corresponding external loading at Waihai, indicating that there might be other factors influencing the water quality. (7) The contribution rates of internal release to the total loads of TN and TP at Waihai were estimated to be 7.6% and 8.9% respectively, suggesting that the reductions of both external and internal loading should be considered in order to significantly improve the water quality at Waihai of Lake Dianchi. View Full-Text
Keywords: Lake Dianchi; eutrophication; DYRESM; inflow volume; external loading Lake Dianchi; eutrophication; DYRESM; inflow volume; external loading
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Zhang, R.; Luo, L.; Pan, M.; He, F.; Luo, C.; Meng, D.; Li, H.; Li, J.; Gong, F.; Wu, G.; Chen, L.; Zhang, J.; Sun, T. Estimations of Water Volume and External Loading Based on DYRESM Hydrodynamic Model at Lake Dianchi. Water 2022, 14, 2832.

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Zhang R, Luo L, Pan M, He F, Luo C, Meng D, Li H, Li J, Gong F, Wu G, Chen L, Zhang J, Sun T. Estimations of Water Volume and External Loading Based on DYRESM Hydrodynamic Model at Lake Dianchi. Water. 2022; 14(18):2832.

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Zhang, Rufeng, Liancong Luo, Min Pan, Feng He, Chunliang Luo, Di Meng, Huiyun Li, Jialong Li, Falu Gong, Guizhu Wu, Lan Chen, Jian Zhang, and Ting Sun. 2022. "Estimations of Water Volume and External Loading Based on DYRESM Hydrodynamic Model at Lake Dianchi" Water 14, no. 18: 2832.

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