SUMMARY OF RESULTS OF THE KERICHO EXPERIMENTS

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1979
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Blackie J.R
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The objective of the study at Kericho was to determine the effects of a land-use change from indigenous forest to tea estate by monitor1ng And comparing the hydrological responses to similar rainfall inputs of two adjacent catchments, one under forest and one converted to tea estates. For economic reasons outside the control of the research Team, the progressive conversion to tea estate was carried out on 54 per cent only of the experimental catchment, the rest remaining under forest with bamboo on the upper reaches. This, combined with the subsequent discovery that the brief initial calibration period had coincided with condi'1ions of extremely low flow, made the direct comparison of water use from the two catchments pa1rticularly difficult in the early years. To assist in the interpretation of the data from ~he partially converted catchment, a sub catchment within it, almost entirely under bamboo and comprising 26 per cent of the total catchment area was instrumented in 1961.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 43 (Specila Issue), p. 139-140
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