Thermal response of Moroccan lakes to climatic warming: first results

Soufiane Haddout, K.L. Priya and Michel Boko

Water temperature plays a primary role in controlling a wide range of physical, geochemical and ecological processes in lakes, with considerable influences on lake water quality and ecosystem functioning. In this work, we report on the ability of the one-dimensional lake model to simulate the water temperature of Moroccan Lakes, affected by climate change for the first time. During the study periods, two variables are studied, the epilimnion and metalimnion temperatures. The results show good agreement with water temperature observations that suggests that the predictive model can be used to obtain a first-order estimation of water temperature in Moroccan Lakes. Hence, it is possible to apply this model in other Moroccan Lakes to simulate the behavior of temperature and to investigate the potential future warming of the water column in Lakes, affected by climate change.

Ann. Limnol. - Int. J. Lim., 54 (2018) 2
DOI: 10.1051/limn/2017029

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