Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Science
J. Patrick Wilber
In Dunn County, Wisconsin the lakes suffer from algae blooms due to excess phosphorus runoff. A coupled bio-economic model is studied with the intent of finding the optimal level of phosphorus that should be allowed into the lake depending on certain biologic and economic parameters. We model the algae and phosphorus concentration in the lake over time based off the phosphorus input. Community welfare is modeled by comparing the costs and benefits of phosphorus fertilizer. This model is proposed to find the phosphorus level that maximizes community welfare and then determine how certain environmental and social change initiatives will affect the phosphorus, algae, and welfare level.
Jones, Mackenzie, "Using a Coupled Bio-Economic Model to Find the Optimal Phosphorus Load in Lake Tainter, WI" (2018). Honors Research Projects. 632.