The effects of land use on freshwater nutrients


I have several lines of research that focus on quantifying the effects of land use/cover on lake nutrients. In particular, my collaborators and I have examined  and continue to examine the underlying challenges in how to quantify land use/cover (LULC) for freshwater studies, how best to include variation in lake type that might influence the relationships to LULC, and how to account for the multi-scaled effects of LULC on freshwaters. To date, my collaborators, students and I have published the following in this area:

Zhang, T, PA Soranno, KS Cheruvelil, DB Kramer, MT Bremigan, A Ligmann-Zielinska. 2012. Evaluating the effects of upstream lakes and wetlands on lake phosphorus concentrations using a spatially-explicit model. Landscape Ecology 27:1015-1030. DOI 10.1007/s10980-012-9762-z  PDF

Fergus CE, Soranno PA, Cheruvelil KS, Bremigan MT. 2011. Multi-scale landscape and wetland drivers of lake total phosphorus and water color. Limnology and Oceanography 56(6): 2127-2146. doi:10.4319/lo.2011.56.6.2127. PDF

     Data deposited online at Dryad:

Fergus CE, Soranno PA, Cheruvelil KS, Bremigan MT (2011) Data from: Multi-  scale landscape and wetland drivers of lake total phosphorus and water color. Dryad Digital Repository. doi:10.5061/dryad.4v2m5

Soranno, P.A., K.E. Webster, K.S. Cheruvelil and M.T. Bremigan. 2009. The lake landscape-context framework: linking aquatic connections, terrestrial features and human effects at multiple spatial scales. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 30(5): 695-700. PDF

Bremigan, M.T., P.A. Soranno, M.J. Gonzalez, D.B. Bunnell, K.K. Arend, W.H. Renwick, R.A. Stein, and M.J. Vanni. 2008. Hydrogeomorphic features mediate the effects of land use on reservoir productivity and food webs. Limnology and Oceanography. 53(4):1420-1433. (Available free online) PDF

Bruhn, L.C. and P.A. Soranno. 2005. Long term (1974-2001) volunteering monitoring of water clarity trends in Michigan lakes and their relation to ecoregion and land use/cover. Lake and Reservoir Management 21(1):10-23. PDF

Soranno, P.A., S.L. Hubler, S.R. Carpenter, and R.C. Lathrop. 1996. Phosphorus loads to surface waters: A simple model to account for spatial pattern of land use. Ecological Applications 6(3): 865-878. PDF- BW; PDF-hi resol-color.

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