Articles | Volume 384
Proc. IAHS, 384, 141–147, 2021
Proc. IAHS, 384, 141–147, 2021

Pre-conference publication 16 Nov 2021

Pre-conference publication | 16 Nov 2021

Reflections on almost a century of hydrological studies on Africa's largest lake

Kevin Sene et al.

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Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and its outflows strongly influence flows in the White Nile, including the availability of water for hydropower generation, irrigation and water supply. In this paper, we consider the history of water balance estimates for the lake and how the science has developed as new information and techniques have become available before placing the results into a wider context including the challenges arising from a changing climate.