Articles | Volume 22, issue 10
Research article
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25 Oct 2018
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 25 Oct 2018

Modelling the water balance of Lake Victoria (East Africa) – Part 1: Observational analysis

Inne Vanderkelen, Nicole P. M. van Lipzig, and Wim Thiery


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ED: Publish as is (19 Apr 2018) by Miguel Potes
AR by Inne Vanderkelen on behalf of the Authors (20 Apr 2018)

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Inne Vanderkelen on behalf of the Authors (15 May 2018)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (21 May 2018) by Miguel Potes
Short summary
Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and one of the two major sources of the Nile river. The water level of Lake Victoria is determined by its water balance, consisting of lake precipitation and evaporation, inflow from rivers and lake outflow, controlled by two hydropower dams. Here, we present a water balance model for Lake Victoria, which closely represents the observed lake levels. The model results highlight the sensitivity of the lake level to human operations at the dam.