Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 182, Issue 1–4, pp 443–454 | Cite as

Influence of lake morphology on water quality

  • Sheela A. MosesEmail author
  • Letha Janaki
  • Sabu Joseph
  • J. Justus
  • Sheeja Ramakrishnan Vimala


Lakes are seriously affected due to urban pollution. The study of the morphological features of a lake system helps to identify its environmental status. The objective of the present study is to analyse the influence of morphometry on water quality in a lake (Akkulam–Veli Lake, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala). The morphological features namely mean depth, surface area, volume, shoreline length, shoreline development and index of basin permanence have been evaluated. Correlation analysis has been conducted to determine the relationship between morphological features and water quality. Regression analysis has been conducted to find out the extent of influence of morphometric features on water quality. The study revealed that the lake is less affected by wind-induced wave action due to various reasons. The depth and volume have significant role in the water quality. The nitrogen fixation of blue green algae can be observed from the morphological features. The morphology has greater role in the water quality of a lake system.


Morphology Bathymetry Regression analysis Nitrogen fixation Water quality Akkulam–Veli Lake Kerala 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheela A. Moses
    • 1
    Email author
  • Letha Janaki
    • 2
  • Sabu Joseph
    • 3
  • J. Justus
    • 4
  • Sheeja Ramakrishnan Vimala
    • 5
  1. 1.District OfficeKerala State Pollution Control BoardThiruvananthapuramIndia
  2. 2.College of EngineeringThiruvananthapuramIndia
  3. 3.Department of Environmental SciencesUniversity of KeralaThiruvananthapuramIndia
  4. 4.St. Xavier’s CollegeThiruvananthapuramIndia
  5. 5.Kerala State Remote Sensing and Environment CenterVikas BhavanThiruvananthapuramIndia

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