Ann. Limnol. - Int. J. Lim.
Volume 56, 2020
|Number of page(s)||11|
|Published online||24 January 2020|
Long-term wind induced internal response mechanisms at Meiliang Bay of large, shallow Lake Taihu
State Key Laboratory of Lake Science and Environment, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 73 East Beijing Road, Nanjing 210008, PR China
2 College of Environment, Hohai University, 1 Xikang Road, Nanjing 210098, PR China
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 18 December 2019
The internal response of shallow lakes to external factors is very important to investigate for understanding their role in long-term changes of the shallow lake ecosystem. The current study investigated the impacts of long-term wind dynamics on in-lake processes of the degraded shallow lake. The long-term high-frequency wind field, water quality, and Chlorophyll-a data analysis showed that there were two groups of variables found with higher internal similarity at Meiliang bay of large, shallow Lake Taihu. The temporal trends of wind, temperature, and Chl-a found highly consistent while dissolved oxygen (DO), total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorus (TP), suspended solids (SS) and Secchi depth were not significantly correlated in long-term temporal trends analysis. The results showed that Chl-a and other shallow lake ecosystem variables (abiotic) are strongly related to long-term wind field. The changes in nutrients and lower mixing scenarios trigger the growth of Chl-a and onshore lower winds help in the formation of colonies. There was a shift in wind and internal response variables before and after 2006. Wind and internal water quality parameters were highly variable before 2006 whereas, decline in wind speeds along with stable wind directional switching caused intense blooms formation along with thermal stratification (warming) for a longer period of time (after 2006) in the shoreline areas. The current study can help to understand the internal ecosystem response mechanisms in long-term interactions with wind field to control the eutrophication and algal blooms.
Key words: Lake Taihu / Wind dynamics / response mechanism / generalized additive model
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