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# Dynamics of a lake-eutrophication model with nontransient/transient impulsive dredging and pulse inputting

*Advances in Difference Equations*
**volume 2021**, Article number: 280 (2021)

## Abstract

In this work, we present a lake-eutrophication model with nontransient/transient impulsive dredging and pulse inputting. We obtain globally asymptotically stable conditions for the phytoplankton-extinction periodic solution of system (2.1). Furthermore, we gain the permanent conditions for system (2.1). Finally, we employ computer simulations to illustrate the results. Our results indicate the effective controlling strategy for water resource management.

## Introduction

Lakes are very important water resources; many lakes have water supply, shipping, flood control, irrigation, aquaculture, tourism, and other functions [1]. Lake eutrophication has become a worldwide environmental problem. According to statistics, the proportion of eutrophic water bodies in Asia, Europe, North America, and Africa reached 54%, 53%, 46%, and 28%, respectively [2]. Bennett et al. [3] investigated human impact on erodable phosphorus and eutrophication. The main characteristic of lake pollution is eutrophication of water body. Because of human interference of activities, eutrophication process is very rapid. Deposing the sediment is an important reservoir of nutrients in lakes. After the nutrient load of the lake is reduced or completely cut off, the nutrient salt in the sediment will gradually released to become the dominant factor of lake eutrophication endogenous [4]. So the preventing and controlling phytoplankton in eutrophication lake ecosystem have also become an important subject of water environmental protection. Partly and periodically dredging sediments can protect lake ecosystem and water resource. At present, physical, chemical, and biological methods are the common methods of controlling phytoplankton (cyanobacteria) in eutrophication lake ecosystem [5]. The physical methods are relatively safe ways to remove algae. Impulsive differential equations are found in almost every domain of applied science and have been studied in many investigations [6–13]. However, the authors did not applied impulsive differential equations to describe the physical methods for water resource management. In this paper, we present a lake-eutrophication model for water resource management, which considers effects of nontransient/transient impulsive dredging and pulse inputting.

## The model

For the diagram in Fig. 1, in this paper, we consider a like-eutrophication model with nontransient/transient impulsive dredging and pulse inputting on nutrients

Here \(s(t)\) represents the concentrations of the nutrients at time *t*, \(x_{i}(t)\) (\(i=1,2\)) represent the concentrations of phytoplankton in lake at time *t*, \(\lambda _{1}>0\) represents the input concentration of the nutrients from ravine streams around the eutrophication-lake in the interval \((n\tau ,(n+l)\tau )]\), \(d_{1}>0\) represents washout and loss rate of the nutrient in eutrophication-lake in the interval \((n\tau ,(n+l)\tau )]\), \(\beta _{11}>0\) represents the maximum growth rate of phytoplankton \(x_{1}\) in eutrophication-lake in the interval \((n\tau ,(n+l)\tau )]\), \(0<\delta _{11}<1\) represents the yield of the nutrients for phytoplankton \(x_{1}\) in eutrophication-lake in the interval \((n\tau ,(n+l)\tau )]\), \(\beta _{12}>0\) represents the maximum growth rate of phytoplankton \(x_{2}\) in eutrophication-lake in the interval \((n\tau ,(n+l)\tau )]\), \(0<\delta _{12}<1\) represents the yield of the nutrients for phytoplankton \(x_{2}\) in eutrophication-lake in the interval \((n\tau ,(n+l)\tau )]\), \(d_{12}>0\) represents the death and loss rate of the phytoplankton in the eutrophication-lake in the interval \((n\tau ,(n+l)\tau )]\), \(0<\mu _{s}<1\) represents the impulsive dredging effect on the nutrients in the eutrophication-lake at moment \(t=(n+l)\tau \), \(0<\mu _{1}<1\) represents the impulsive dredging effect on phytoplankton \(x_{1}\) in the eutrophication-lake at moment \(t=(n+l)\tau \), \(0<\mu _{2}<1\) represents the impulsive dredging effect on phytoplankton \(x_{2}\) in the eutrophication-lake at moment \(t=(n+l)\tau \), \(\lambda _{2}>0\) represents the input concentration of the nutrients from ravine streams around the eutrophication-lake in the interval \(((n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau )]\), \(d_{2}>0\) represents washout and loss rate of the nutrient in eutrophication-lake on interval \(((n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau )]\), \(E_{s}>0\) represents the nontransient impulsive dredging effect on the nutrients in the eutrophication-lake in the interval \(((n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau )]\), \(\beta _{21}>0\) represents the maximum growth rate of phytoplankton \(x_{1}\) in eutrophication-lake in the interval \(((n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau )]\), \(0<\delta _{21}<1\) represents the yield of the nutrients for phytoplankton \(x_{1}\) in eutrophication-lake in the interval \(((n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau )]\), \(\beta _{22}>0\) represents the maximum growth rate of phytoplankton \(x_{2}\) in eutrophication-lake in the interval \(((n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau )]\), \(0<\delta _{22}<1\) represents the yield of the nutrients for phytoplankton \(x_{2}\) in eutrophication-lake in the interval \(((n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau )]\), \(d_{22}>0\) represents the death and loss rate of the phytoplankton in the eutrophication-lake in the interval \(((n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau )]\), \(E_{1}>0\) represents the nontransient impulsive dredging effect on phytoplankton \(x_{1}\) in the eutrophication-lake in the interval \(((n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau )]\), \(E_{2}>0\) represents the nontransient impulsive dredging effect on phytoplankton \(x_{2}\) in the eutrophication-lake in the interval \(((n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau )]\), \(\mu >0\) represents the pulse inputting amount of the nutrients with seasonally rainstorm washing from soil around the lake at moment \(t=(n+1)\tau \). The time interval \((n\tau ,(n+l)\tau ]\) represents the nondredging period, the time interval \(((n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau ]\) represents the dredging period, and \(0< l<1\) represents the interval length of the nondredging.

## Some lemmas

The solution \(X(t)=(s(t), x_{1}(t), x_{2}(t))^{T}\) of system (2.1) is a nonsmooth function *X*: \(R_{+}\rightarrow R_{+}^{3}\). It is continuous on \((n\tau ,(n+l)\tau ]\) and \(((n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau ]\), \(n\in Z_{+}\), and the limits \(X(n\tau ^{+})=\lim_{t\rightarrow n\tau ^{+} }X(t)\) and \(X((n+l)\tau ^{+})=\lim_{t\rightarrow (n+l)\tau ^{+} }X(t)\) exist. Obviously, the global existence and uniqueness of solutions of system (2.1) are guaranteed by the smoothness properties of *f* defined by right-side of system (2.1) [6].

### Lemma 3.1

*For solution* \((s(t),x_{1}(t),x_{2}(t))\) *of system* (2.1), *there exists a constant* \(M>0\) *such that* \(s(t)\leq M\), \(x_{1}(t)\leq M\), *and* \(x_{2}(t)\leq M\) *for all* *t* *large enough*.

### Proof

Defining \(V(t)=\delta s(t)+x_{1}(t)+x_{2}(t)\) and taking \(\delta =\max \{\delta _{11},\delta _{12},\delta _{21},\delta _{22}\}\) and \(d=\min \{d_{1},d_{11},d_{12}, d_{2},d_{21},d_{22}\}\), we have \(D^{+}V(t)+dV(t)\leq \delta \lambda _{1} \) for \(t\in ( n\tau ,(n+l)\tau ]\). We also have \(D^{+}V(t)+dV(t)\leq \delta \lambda _{2} \) for \(t\in ( (n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau ]\). Denoting \(\xi =\max \{\delta \lambda _{1},\delta \lambda _{2}\}\), we have the following inequality for \(t\neq n\tau \), \(t\neq (n+l)\tau \):

We haver \(V(n\tau ^{+})= V(n\tau )+\mu \) for \(t=n\tau \) and \(V((n+l)\tau ^{+})\leq V((n+l)\tau )\) for \(t=(n+l)\tau \). By the lemma of [6] we have

So \(V(t)\) is uniformly ultimately bounded. By the definition of \(V(t)\) we have that there exists a constant \(M>0\) such that \(s(t)\leq M\), \(x_{1}(t)\leq M\), and \(x_{2}(t)\leq M\) for *t* large enough.

If \(x_{i}(t)=0\) (\(i=1,2\)), then a subsystem of system (2.1) is

Between the impulsive points, system (3.1) has the analytic solution

Considering the second and fourth equations of system (3.1), the stroboscopic map of system (3.1) is presented by

The unique fixed point \(s^{\ast }\) of (3.3) is

□

Similarly to [12], we can easily obtain the following two lemmas.

### Lemma 3.2

*The fixed point* \(s^{\ast }\) *of* (3.3) *defined in* (3.4) *is globally asymptotically stable*.

### Lemma 3.3

*The periodic solution* \tilde{s(t)} *of system* (3.1) *is globally asymptotically stable*, *where* \tilde{s(t)} *is defined as*

*where* \(s^{\ast }\) *is defined in* (3.4), *and* \(s^{\ast \ast }\) *is defined as*

## The dynamics

### Theorem 4.1

*If*

*and*

*then the phytoplankton*-*extinction periodic solution* (\tilde{s(t)},0,0) *of system* (2.1) *is globally asymptotically stable*, *where* \(s^{\ast }\) *is defined in* (3.4), *and* \(s^{\ast \ast }\) *is defined in* (3.6).

### Proof

We first prove that the phytoplankton-extinction solution (\tilde{s(t)},0,0) of (2.1) is locally stable. Defining {s}_{1}(t)=s(t)-\tilde{s(t)}, \(x_{1}(t)=x_{1}(t)\), and \(x_{2}(t)=x_{2}(t)\), we have the following linearly similar system for system (2.1), which is concerning one periodic solution (\tilde{s(t)},0,0) of system (2.1):

and

It is easy to obtain the fundamental solution matrix on interval \((n\tau ,(n+l)\tau ]\)

There is no need to calculate the exact form of \(\ast _{1j}\) (\(j=1,2,3\)) as they are not required in the analysis that follows, and the fundamental solution matrix on the interval \(((n+l)\tau ,(n+1)\tau ]\) is

where A=exp({\int}_{(n+l)\tau}^{t}({\beta}_{21}\tilde{s(t)}-({d}_{21}+{E}_{1})\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}ds). There is no need to calculate the exact form of \(\star _{2j}\) (\(j=1,2,3\)) as they are not required in the analysis that follows.

For \(t=(n+l)\tau \), the linearization of the fourth, fifth, and sixth equations of (2.1) is

For \(t=(n+1)\tau \), the linearization of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth equations of (2.1) is

The stability of the periodic solution (\tilde{s(t)},0,0) is determined by the eigenvalues of

The eigenvalues of (4.9) are represented as

and

From (4.1) and (4.2) we have \(| \lambda _{2}| <1\) and \(| \lambda _{3}| <1\). Then, according to the Floquet theory [6], we can obtain that the phytoplankton-extinction solution (\tilde{s(t)},0,0) of system (2.1) is locally stable.

In the next step, we prove that the phytoplankton-extinction solution (\tilde{s(t)},0,0) of system (2.1) is globally attractive. Choosing \(\varepsilon >0\) such that

and

we have the following two inequalities by the first and seventh equations of (2.1):

and

Therefore we find the comparatively impulsive differential equation

From Lemma 3.3. and the comparison theorem of impulsive equation [6] we have \(s(t)\leq s_{1}(t)\) and {s}_{1}(t)\to \tilde{{s}_{1}(t)} as \(t\rightarrow \infty \). Then there exists \(\varepsilon >0\) small enough such that

for all *t* large enough. For convenience, we assume that (4.13) holds for all \(t\geq 0\). From (2.1) and (4.13) we have

Therefore

and

Hence \(x_{i}(n\tau )\leq x_{i}(0^{+})\rho _{i}^{n}\) (\(i=1,2\)). So \(x_{i}(n\tau )\rightarrow 0\) (\(i=1,2\)) as \(n\rightarrow \infty \). Therefore \(x_{i}(t)\rightarrow 0\) (\(i=1,2\)) as \(t\rightarrow \infty \).

In the third step, we prove that s(t)\to \tilde{s(t)} as \(t\rightarrow \infty \). For \(\varepsilon _{1}>0\) small enough, there exists \(t_{0}>0\) such that \(0< x_{1}(t)<\varepsilon _{1} \) and \(0< x_{2}(t)<\varepsilon _{1} \) for all \(t\geq t_{0}\). Without loss of generality, we assume that \(0< x_{1}(t)<\varepsilon _{1} \) and \(0< x_{2}(t)<\varepsilon _{1} \) for all \(t\geq {0}\). Then we have

and

and \(z_{2}(t)\leq s(t)\leq z_{1}(t)\) and {z}_{1}(t)\to \tilde{{z}_{1}(t)}, {z}_{2}(t)\to \tilde{{z}_{2}(t)} as \(t\rightarrow \infty \), where \(z_{1}(t)\) and \(z_{2}(t)\) are the solutions of

and

respectively. Similarly to Lemma 3.3, the periodic solution of (4.17), which is globally asymptotically stable, is

where

and

Therefore, for any \(\varepsilon >0\), there exists \(t>t_{1}\) such that

Letting \(\varepsilon _{1}\rightarrow 0\), we have

for *t* large enough, which implies s(t)\to \tilde{s(t)} as \(t\rightarrow \infty \). This completes the proof. □

### Theorem 4.2

*If*

*and*

*then system* (2.1) *is permanent*, *where* \(s^{\ast }\) *is defined in* (3.4) *and* \(s^{\ast \ast }\) *is defined in* (3.6).

### Proof

By Lemma 3.1, \(s(t)\leq M\), \(x_{1}(t)\leq M\), and \(x_{2}(t)\leq M\) for *t* large enough. We may assum that \(s(t)\leq M\), \(x_{1}(t)\leq M\), and \(x_{2}(t)\leq M \) for \(t\geq 0\). Therefore we have

and \(s(t)\geq z_{3}(t)\) and {z}_{3}(t)\to \tilde{{z}_{3}(t)} as \(t\rightarrow \infty \), where \(z_{3}(t)\) is the globally asymptotically stable solution of the comparatively impulsive differential equation

with

where

and

Therefore, for any \(\varepsilon _{2}>0\),

for *t* large enough, which implies that

Thus we only need to find \(m_{1}>0\) such that \(x_{1}(t)\geq m_{1}\) and \(x_{2}(t)\geq m_{1}\) for *t* large enough.

By the conditions of this theorem we can select \(m_{3}>0\) and \(\varepsilon _{1}> 0\) small enough such that

and

We prove that \(x_{1}(t)< m_{3}\) and \(x_{2}(t)< m_{3}\) cannot hold for \(t\geq 0\). Otherwise,

By Lemma 3.3 we have \(s(t)\geq z(t)\) and \(z(t)\rightarrow \overline{z(t)}\), \(t\rightarrow \infty \), where \(z(t)\) is the globally asymptotically stable solution of

with

where

and

Therefore there \(T_{1}>0\) such that, for \(t\geq T_{1}\),

and

Let \(N_{1}\in N\) and \(N_{1}\tau > T_{1}\), Integrating (4.36) on \((n\tau ,(n+1)\tau )\), \(n\geq N_{1}\), we have

and

Then \(x_{1}((N_{1}+k)\tau )\geq (1-\mu _{1})^{k}x_{1}(N_{1}\tau ^{+})e^{k \sigma _{1}}\rightarrow \infty \) and \(x_{2}((N_{1}+k)\tau )\geq (1-\mu _{2})^{k}x_{2}(N_{1}\tau ^{+}) e^{k \sigma _{2}}\rightarrow \infty \) as \(k\rightarrow \infty \), which is a contradiction to the boundedness of \(x_{1}(t)\) and \(x_{1}(t)\). Hence there exists \(t_{1}>0\) such that \(x_{1}(t)\geq m_{1}\) and \(x_{2}(t)\geq m_{1}\). The proof is complete. □

## Discussion

According to the fact of water management, we propose a periodic lake-eutrophication model with nontransient/transient impulsive dredging and pulse inputting on nutrients. We proved that the phytoplankton-extinction boundary periodic solution of system (2.1) is globally asymptotically stable and obtained the conditions for the permanence of system (2.1).

If we suppose that \(s(0)=0.3\), \(x_{1}(0)=0.3\), \(x_{2}(0)=0.3\), \(\lambda _{1}=0.5\), \(d_{1}=0.2\), \(\beta _{11}=0.5\), \(\delta _{11}=1\), \(\beta _{12}=0.5\), \(\delta _{12}=1\), \(d_{11}=0.4\), \(d_{12}=0.4\), \(\lambda _{2}=0.1\), \(d_{2}=0.2\), \(\beta _{21}=0.3\), \(\delta _{21}=1\), \(\beta _{22}=0.3\), \(\delta _{22}=1\), \(d_{21}=0.3\), \(d_{22}=0.3\), \(E_{s}=0.3\), \(E_{1}=0.2\), \(E_{2}=0.2\), \(\mu _{s}=0.28\), \(\mu _{1}=0.1\), \(\mu _{2}=0.1\), \(\mu =0.1\), \(l=0.8\), \(\tau =1\), then these parameter values satisfy Theorem 4.1. Then the phytoplankton-extinction periodic solution (\tilde{s(t)},0,0) of system (2.1) is globally asymptotically stable (see Fig. 2). If we assume that \(s(0)=0.3\), \(x_{1}(0)=0.3\), \(x_{2}(0)=0.3\), \(\lambda _{1}=0.5\), \(d_{1}=0.2\), \(\beta _{11}=0.8\), \(\delta _{11}=1\), \(\beta _{12}=0.8\), \(\delta _{12}=1\), \(d_{11}=0.4\), \(d_{12}=0.4\), \(\lambda _{2}=0.2\), \(d_{2}=0.2\), \(\beta _{21}=0.5\), \(\delta _{21}=1\), \(\beta _{22}=0.5\), \(\delta _{22}=1\), \(d_{21}=0.3\), \(d_{22}=0.3\), \(E_{s}=0.3\), \(E_{1}=0.2\), \(E_{2}=0.2\), \(\mu _{s}=0.2\), \(\mu _{1}=0.1\), \(\mu _{2}=0.1\), \(\mu =0.1\), \(l=0.8\), \(\tau =1\), then these parameter values satisfy Theorem 4.2. Then system (2.1) is permanent (see Fig. 3). From Theorems 4.1 and 4.2, and Figs. 2 and 3 we can deduce that the parameter \(\lambda _{2}\) has a controlling threshold \(\lambda _{2}^{\ast }\). When \(\lambda _{2}<\lambda _{2}^{\ast }\), the phytoplankton-extinction periodic solution (\tilde{s(t)},0,0) of system (2.1) is globally asymptotically stable. When \(\lambda _{2}>\lambda _{2}^{\ast }\), system (2.1) is permanent. That is to say, we should reduce the nutrients indraughting lake-ecosystem during nontransient impulsive dredging.

The parameter values \(s(0)=0.3\), \(x_{1}(0)=0.3\), \(x_{2}(0)=0.3\), \(\lambda _{1}=0.5\), \(d_{1}=0.2\), \(\beta _{11}=0.5\), \(\delta _{11}=1\), \(\beta _{12}=0.5\), \(\delta _{12}=1\), \(d_{11}=0.4\), \(d_{12}=0.4\), \(\lambda _{2}=0.1\), \(d_{2}=0.2\), \(\beta _{21}=0.3\), \(\delta _{21}=1\), \(\beta _{22}=0.3\), \(\delta _{22}=1\), \(d_{21}=0.3\), \(d_{22}=0.3\), \(E_{s}=0.3\), \(E_{1}=0.2\), \(E_{2}=0.2\), \(\mu _{s}=0.28\), \(\mu _{1}=0.1\), \(\mu _{2}=0.1\), \(\mu =0.1\), \(l=0.6\), \(\tau =1\) satisfy Theorem 4.1. Then the phytoplankton-extinction periodic solution (\tilde{s(t)},0,0) of system (2.1) is globally asymptotically stable (see Fig. 4). From Theorems 4.1 and 4.2 and from the simulation experiments of Figs. 3 and 4 we can easily deduce that there exists a threshold \(l^{\ast }\). If \(l>l^{\ast }\), then system (2.1) is permanent. If \(l < l^{\ast }\), then the phytoplankton-extinction periodic solution (\tilde{s(t)},0,0) of system (2.1) is globally asymptotically stable. That is to say, a too long nontransient impulsive period will confuse the lake-ecosystem. Then appropriate extending the nontransient impulsive period will be beneficial to water resource management. A similar discussion may do with thresholds of the parameters \(\lambda _{1}\), \(\mu _{s}\), \(\mu _{1}\), \(\mu _{2}\), and so on. Therefore the method of dredging sediment engineering should be combined with implementing ecological engineering to restore and rebuild healthy and stable aquatic ecosystem, which should be an effective way to control eutrophic lakes. Our results also provide reliable tactic basis for the practical water resource management.

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Jiao, J., Tang, W. Dynamics of a lake-eutrophication model with nontransient/transient impulsive dredging and pulse inputting.
*Adv Differ Equ* **2021**, 280 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13662-021-03434-5

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### Keywords

- Lake-eutrophication model
- Nontransient/transient impulsive dredging
- Pulse inputting
- Phytoplankton-extinction