Articles | Volume 22, issue 10
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-5509-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-5509-2018
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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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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.