This volume represents the first decision support book aimed at water quality management for lakes and reservoirs. The book offers both a retrospective view (in terms of summarizing past work) and a prospective view (in terms of forecasting the greater use of such models as part of much needed environmental decision support systems). The concepts of lake and reservoir simulation modeling, as well as the concepts of decision support systems, formalized within the information systems discipline, are supported by a wealth of case studies.Case studies in the early chapters concentrate more on the physical (dynamic and thermodynamic) parameters, while later chapters stress the need for a more detailed representation of the biology and chemistry. Other case studies emphasize the management use of the model. New tools and concepts are also presented to facilitate the transfer of case studies presented in this volume from the arena of research to that of operational and planning management. Water quality managers, research scientists, and water engineers will find this volume an exciting source of new ideas and concepts.
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