The East African Great Lakes: Limnology, Palaeolimnology and Biodiversity

  • Eric O. Odada
  • Daniel O. Olago

Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Geological and Structural Setting of the East African Lakes

  3. Climate Dynamics and Climate Variability in the East African Lakes Region

  4. Hydrology and Physical Limnology

  5. Biodiversity, Food Webs and Fisheries

  6. Sedimentary Processes, Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 367-367
    2. Sylvia L. Barry, M. L. Filippi, Michael R. Talbot, Thomas C. Johnson
      Pages 369-391
    3. Françoise Gasse, Philip Barker, Thomas C. Johnson
      Pages 393-414
    4. Tine Lærdal, Michael R. Talbot, James M. Russell
      Pages 429-470
    5. M. U. Mohammed, R. Bonnefille, Kebede Seifu
      Pages 471-485
    6. Henry Lamb, Seifu Kebede, Melanie Leng, Douglas Ricketts, Richard Telford, Mohammed Umer
      Pages 487-508
  7. Human Dimensions: Impacts and Management

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 587-587

About this book


The Second International Symposium on the East African Lakes was held from 10-15 January 2000 at Club Makokola on the southern shore of Lake Malawi. The symposium was organized by the International Decade for the East African Lakes (IDEAL), a research consortium of African, European and North American scientists interested in promoting the investigations of African Great Lakes as archives of environmental and climatic dynamics. Over one hundred African, European and North American scientists with special expertise in the tropical lakes participated in the symposium which featured compelling presentations on the limnology, climatology, palaeoclimatology and biodiversity of the East African Lakes. It is their papers that comprise this book. The large lakes of East Africa are important natural resources that are heavily utilized by their bordering countries for transportation, water supply, fisheries, waste disposal, recreation and tourism. The lakes are unique in many ways: they are sensitive to climatic change and their circulation dynamics, water-column chemistry and biological complexity differ significantly from large lakes at higher latitudes; they have long, continuous, high resolution records of past climatic change; and they have rich and diverse populations of endemic organisms. These unique properties and the significance of the palaeolimnological records demand and attract research interest from around the world.


Climatology Cloud Groundwater Meteorology Precipitation Rain Scale Sediment Sedimentation cloudiness ecosystem fisheries lacustrine palaeoclimatology

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric O. Odada
    • 1
  • Daniel O. Olago
    • 1
  1. 1.Pan African START Secretariat, Department of GeologyUniversity of NairobiKenya

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6083-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48201-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0919
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