Published electronically September 27, 2018DOI: 10.1137/18S01720XM3 Challenge Introduction
Authors: Michael Vronsky, Ryan Huang, Daniel Wang, Justin Ju, and Joanne Yuan (Los Altos High School, Los Altos, CA)Sponsor: Carol Evans (Los Altos High School, Los Altos, CA)
Published electronically October 10, 2018DOI: 10.1137/18S016643
Authors: Mackenzie Jones (The University of Akron), Alison Frideres (Simpson College), and Bailey Kramer (University of Wisconsin-Stout)Sponsor: Keith Wojciechowski (University of Wisconsin-Stout)
Abstract: Near Menomonie, Wisconsin the lakes suffer from algae blooms during the warm summer months. Mathematical models describing the cyanobacteria population dynamics are studied with the intent of analyzing the conditions under which the populations grow and stabilize. Two models are considered, one for forecasting the population as the lake turns toxic from excess biomass after a flushing event occurs, and the other for establishing an algal bloom stability condition. These models are proposed for consideration to test the effectiveness of solutions put forth to ameliorate the algal bloom problem.