Integrated assessment modelling

The integrated assessment modelling team brings together work from across the FutureDAMS consortium, led by the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and civil Engineering (MACE) at the University of Manchester.

The integrated assessment modelling team:

  • Jose Gonzalez
  • Julien Harou
  • Mathaios Pantelli
  • Eduardo Martinez-Cesena
  • Mikiyas Gonfa
  • Mohammed Basheer
  •  Tomasz Janus
  • Wentao Ahu
  • Jose Melchor
  • Ruben Bravo
  • Paul Slavin
  • Gloria Salmoral

Research update video

This video was produced for the FutureDAMS annual forum (November 2020) as a summary of the team’s current research progress.

River basins and energy systems – what synergies are possible and how can they be discovered?

Traditionally planners considered the effects of water and energy systems on the other in simplified ways or not at all. This has often led to inefficient use of resources and a somewhat arbitrary allocation of benefits and costs across sectors and geographic regions....

Filling Africa’s largest dam risks political tension if engineering realities are ignored

A hydro dam currently under construction in Ethiopa is set to be the largest hydropower plant in Africa, but could be heading towards controversy for international agreements on water sharing. New research from FutureDAMS points out that some negotiated strategies for...

Video: New approaches for managing water under regional resource conflicts

Watch Julien Harou's FutureDAMS presentation 'New approaches for managing water under regional resource conflicts'.  The webinar was part of the ‘Water Research at Manchester - Water and Sustainable Development’ event convened by Manchester Environmental Research...

Stakeholders should get a fair share of benefits from inter-connected water-energy systems

By Julien Harou, Mathaios Panteli, Jose Gonzalez Cabrera, Gloria Salmoral and Rose Sumner. Traditionally planners considered the effects of water and energy systems on the other in simplified ways or not at all. This has often led to inefficient use of resources and a...

Resilience shift: ‘Seeing the bigger picture – the water-energy nexus’

Read the Resilience Shift blog 'Seeing the bigger picture - the water-energy nexus' by FutureDAMS researchers Mathaios Panteli, Eduardo Alejandro Martínez Ceseña and Julien Harou. The authors discuss the opportunities and challenges in jointly planning and developing...

Water management for climate change adaptation: emerging trends and new research

Water at COP25: Resilience enables climate change adaptation FutureDAMS' researchers Julien Harou, Judith Plummer Braeckmann and Sanna Markkanen presented at COP25 (Madrid, December 2019). Reflecting on their experience, they have contributed to the latest Institute...

5th Batch of Young Water Professionals (1st Batch of Myanmar Water Academy) training: Myanmar

During the second week of January 2020, Professor Aung Ze Ya of Yangon Technological University (Ministry of Education, Myanmar) delivered a three-day workshop to the 5th batch of young water professionals (YWP), which is also the 1st batch of the Myanmar Water...

Understanding how the FutureDAMS modelling and visualisation interface can support Kenya’s Water Resources Authority

3-day workshop, December 2019, Nairobi, Kenya FutureDAMS is co-developing a state-of-the-art online integrated assessment modelling toolset for assessing and optimising water-energy-food-environment system designs. Anthony Hurford travelled to Nairobi to deliver a...

FutureDAMS at COP25

Members of the FutureDAMS consortium were active at COP25 in Madrid, running two events. ‘Building Better Dams: the Past, Present and Future of Hydropower’ UK Pavilion, 4 December This event was convened by the Centre for Sustainable Finance, University of Cambridge...

Podcast: Innovative data manager for network models with Steve Knox

Welcome to the first FutureDAMS podcast. In this episode Stephen Knox discusses his latest paper which presents an innovative data manager developed by FutureDAMS researchers, which supports models for resource networks like water or energy. Steve is the software...

UN Climate Change Conference COP 25

FutureDAMS presented two sessions at this year's UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 (Madrid, 2 - 13 December 2019). Search for #FutureDAMS on Twitter for live coverage of the events. Building Better Dams: the Past, Present and Future of Hydropower Wednesday 4...

FutureDAMS at World Water Week

World Water Week, Stockholm, 25-30 August 2019 Julien Harou and Anthony Hurford attended Stockholm World Water Week to present FutureDAMS research. The theme for 2019 was Water for Society: Including all, which drew attention to broad solutions to humanity's major...

Watch: Prof Julien Harou at the Geneva Water Hub

Professor Julien Harou was recently invite to give a 15 minute talk at the Geneva Water Hub. The Water Talks series is an open-speech opportunity for researchers to expose and explain their ideas, their stances on contemporary challenges linked to water governance....

New research demonstrates updating dam operating rules could save billions

New open access research by The University of Manchester’s Robel Geressu and Julien Harou shows that if dam re-operation is considered in planning systems of dams, future designs of these costly water-energy-food systems can be drastically improved. They were able to...

WWF and TNC advocate for FutureDAMS style trade-off analysis

‘Connected and Flowing’, the recent report by WWF and The Nature Conservancy was co-authored by FutureDAMS research director, Julien Harou. It recommends that any new dams should be subject to a system scale trade-off analysis, of the type that FutureDAMS is...

Workshop with the Kenyan Water Resources Authority

By Anthony Hurford On 8 May I travelled to Embu in Kenya to conduct training for Water Resources Authority (WRA) staff on the benefits of water resources system simulation modelling within a browser-based interface. Partners from Jomo Kenyatta University of...

Watch: Prof Julien Harou on how to improve dam decision making

This autumn at UNESCO in Paris the International Hydropower Association held a meeting entitled ‘Improving decision-making for hydropower’. FutureDAMS Research Director Julien Harou was an invited speaker and gave the following 10 minute presentation on the...

What’s the economic value of water stored in dams? New open access research

Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed a systems modelling approach which determines how much water managers should store across complex constellations of dams. The approach could save California alone over $100 million annually.   FutureDAMS...