EGU23-6121, updated on 22 Feb 2023
EGU General Assembly 2023
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Modeling present-day and future extreme events in the Lake Victoria Basin

Nicole van Lipzig1, Jonas Van de Walle1, Matthias Demuzere2, Andreas H. Fink3, Patrick Ludwig3, Grigory Nikulin4, Joaquim Pinto3, Andreas F. Prein5, Dave Rowell6, Minchao Wu4, and Wim Thiery7
Nicole van Lipzig et al.
  • 1KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium,
  • 2Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany
  • 3Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 4Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Norrköping, Sweden
  • 5National Center For Atmospheric Research (NCAR), United States
  • 6Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, United Kingdom
  • 7Department of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

The population in the Lake Victoria Basin (LVB) is affected by extreme weather both on land, where flooding regularly occurs and on the lake, where nightly storms often catch fishermen by surprise. The CORDEX Flagship Pilot Study ELVIC investigates how extreme weather events will evolve in this region of the world and to provide improved information for the climate impact community. Here we evaluate the performance of five regional climate models at convection-permitting resolution and present projections for the future using COSMO-CLM in a pseudo global warming approach. Most substantial systematic improvements were found in metrics related to deep convection in convection-permitting models compared to their coarser scale counterparts. For the future, extreme precipitation and wind gusts are expected to increase over the lake due to an thermodynamically induced increase in water vapor whereas the impacts of weaker meso-scale circulation over the lake and stronger thunderstorm dynamics compensate each other. More compound events are expected for the future during which both rainfall and wind gusts are intense. Interestingly, the mean precipitation is strongly affected by uncertainties in large-scale dynamics whereas thermodynamics dominate extreme precipitation. This might imply that uncertainties in future projected extremes are smaller than those in mean precipitation.

How to cite: van Lipzig, N., Van de Walle, J., Demuzere, M., Fink, A. H., Ludwig, P., Nikulin, G., Pinto, J., Prein, A. F., Rowell, D., Wu, M., and Thiery, W.: Modeling present-day and future extreme events in the Lake Victoria Basin, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-6121,, 2023.