Ecological impacts

Our research will demonstrate quantitatively how dams impact downstream ecology and ecosystem services, and demonstrate which types of dam operations and designs can most effectively balance human and environmental needs for water. Development of new ecological indicators will transform how trade-offs around dams are managed and negotiated.

The ecological impacts research is led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology The team includes;

New evidence for nature-based solutions to Africa’s water issues

By François Edwards, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Nature-based solutions across Africa have the potential to unlock new tools for successfully incorporating dams into the environmental landscape and optimising the health of river ecosystems and the services...

Is the dam-age over? The growth of dam removals in America

By Barnaby Dye and François Edwards This week the BBC featured an article describing the largest-scale project of dam removal to date on the Klamath River in the Western USA. The project involves the gradual disassembling of four out of eight hydroelectric dams. These...