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Water balance components estimation under scenarios of land cover change in the Vea Catchment, West Africa

Larbi, I., Obuobie, E., Verhoef, A. ORCID:, Julich, S., Feger, K.-H., Bossa, A. Y. and Macdonald, D. (2020) Water balance components estimation under scenarios of land cover change in the Vea Catchment, West Africa. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 65 (13). pp. 2196-2209. ISSN 2150-3435

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2020.1802467


The need for a detailed investigation of the Vea catchment water balance components cannot be overemphasized due to its accelerated land cover dynamics and its associated impacts on the hydrological processes. This study assessed the possible consequences of land use change scenarios (i.e. business as usual (BAU) and afforestation, for the year 2025) compared to 2016 baseline, on the Vea catchment’s water balance components using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model. The data used include daily climate and discharge, soil and land use/land cover maps. The results indicate that the mean annual water yield may increase by 9.1% under BAU scenario, but decrease by 2.7% under afforestation scenario. Actual evapotranspiration would decrease under BAU scenario but increase under afforestation scenario. Groundwater recharge may increase under both scenarios, but more pronounced under the afforestation scenario. These outcomes highlight the significance of land cover dynamics in water resource management and planning at the catchment.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:91306
Publisher:Taylor and Francis


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