Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2013AR344B

The Effect of Global Climate Change on Algal Biomass and Total Organic Carbon Concentrations in Beaver Lake

Institute: Arkansas
Year Established: 2013 Start Date: 2013-03-01 End Date: 2014-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $9,117 Total Non-Federal Funds: $18,882

Principal Investigators: Byron Winston, Jefferson Scott

Abstract: Elevated total organic carbon concentrations (TOC) in lake water can result in greater production of chlorination byproducts during the drinking water treatment process. One major control on TOC in water is the amount of algal biomass, which is generally controlled by nutrient concentrations and light availability in the lake. However, global climate change may be slightly elevating the concentration of dissolved CO2 in lake water, which could increase the amount of carbon fixed into biomass per unit nutrient (i.e. increase nutrient use efficiency). The purpose of this study is to determine if expected CO2 concentrations in Beaver Lake, Arkansas over the next 50 years may result in elevated TOC in the lake due to increased nutrient use efficiency by algae.