State Water Resources Research Institute Program
Project ID: 2007UT80B
Title: Development and Calibration of a Hydrodynamic Model for Utah Lake
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2007
End Date: 2/29/2008
Congressional District: UT3
Focus Categories: Management and Planning, Models, Water Quality
Keywords: Lake Hydrodynamics, Endangered Species, Fish Habitat
Principal Investigators: Spall, Robert E.; Smith, Barton L.
Federal Funds: $ 21,886
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 65,069
Abstract: Utah Lake represents a critical habitat for endangered species found in the Provo River watershed, especially the June Sucker. Understanding of critical habitat and water quality issues in the lake would be substantially enhanced if a calibrated hydrodynamic model of lake circulation were available, but to date, no such model exists. The purpose of the proposed project is to develop and calibrate a model of lake circulation that will be capable of providing information useful for understanding lake hydrodynamics and temperature distributions as they are affected by forcing functions (e.g., inflows, outflows, evaporation, wind, energy flux). Further, such a model could also provide the hydrodynamic boundary conditions that would be needed for future water quality modeling that would, for example, provide greater insight into nutrient cycling in the lake.
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