Creating a Computer Model of East Gemini Lake

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Computer Sciences | Physical Sciences and Mathematics


Michael Heroux, Computer Science


During the past decade, there has been growing concern about potentially adverse effects of pharmaceuticals released in the environment through wastewater treatment systems. Computer models are written to simulate such natural systems and to enable the prediction of the behavior of the systems from a set of parameters and initial conditions. The Virtual East Gemini Lake Project (VEGLP) seeks to develop a computer model of East Gemini Lake at St. Johns, which will be able to estimate the concentration of pharmaceuticals and to detect changes in the lake. The model could help the chemists develop strategies to decrease concentration of pharmaceuticals in the water treatment system and, therefore, improve our water supplies. My Honors Thesis research is a part of VEGLP and, as such, aims to build the functions needed in creating the model.