Water resources systems

The University of Manchester’s Department of Mechanical, Aerospance and Civil Engineering (MACE) is leading the FutureDAMS water resources systems simulation and optimisation. The team is developing a decision-making framework and online integrated assessment toolset with the aim to help plan and design better infrastructure in complex natural resource systems, with a focus on developing countries.

Water resources research

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10/2020Journal articleBalancing services from built and natural assets via river basin trade off analysisThis paper demonstrates the value and use of optimised many-objective trade-off analysis for managing resource-systems providing diverse and sometimes competing services, using Kenya’s Tana River basin for demonstration.
03/2020Journal articleFilling Africa’s Largest Hydropower Dam Should Consider Engineering RealitiesResearch pointing out that some negotiated strategies for filling the GERD dam could be infeasible in critical river flow conditions due to the limited ability of the dam to release water at low water levels.
10/2020Journal articleEfficient and robust hydropower system design under uncertainty - A demonstration in NepalThis paper proposes a novel multi-method decision-making under deep uncertainty approach to hydropower system design.
07/2019Journal articleSpatial and sectoral benefit distribution in water-energy system designThis paper presents a framework to couple integrated water-power network simulators with multi-objective optimisation under uncertainty to explore the implications of explicitly including spatial topology and interdependencies in the design of multi-sector integrated systems.
06/2020Journal articleAssessing river basin development given water-energy-food-environment interdependenciesThe application of a multisector spatial computer‐aided design approach to the Rufiji river basin in Tanzania considering linkages across the water‐energy‐food‐environment sectors.
03/2020Journal articleWater at COP25: Resilience enables climate change adaptation through better planning, governance and financeA brief review of reports relevant to water management published in the run-up to COP25, and a summary of overarching themes discussed during the event.
02/2020Journal articleWhat do economic water storage valuations reveal about optimal vs. historical water management?This paper compares valuations for California's Central Valley revealing that carryover storage values derived from historical operations are typically greater than prescribed values.
01/2020Journal articleA water resource simulator in PythonA new generalised water resource network modelling Python library, Pywr, is presented.
12/2019Journal articleDecision-Dependent Uncertainty in Adaptive Real-Options Water Resource PlanningWe formulate a multistage real-options water supply capacity expansion optimization model incorporating uncertainty and describe its effect on cost and option selection.
12/2019Journal articleAn open-source data manager for network modelsWe present a data storage platform, written in Python, which exploits the commonality of network representations to store data for multiple model types within a single deployment.
08/2019Journal articleReservoir system expansion scheduling under conflicting interestsThis work proposes a many objective approach where a schedule of new dams is optimised along-side dam selections and operating rules
10/2018Journal articleEstimating the Economic Value of Interannual Reservoir Storage in Water Resource SystemsThis paper examines how the economic valuation of end‐of‐year carryover storage can lead to optimal amounts of carryover storage in complex large water resource systems.
06/2018Journal articleReal-Options Water Supply Planning: Multistage Scenario Trees for Adaptive and Flexible Capacity Expansion Under Probabilistic Climate Change UncertaintyWe apply a model to a real‐world utility with many investment decision stages using a generalized scenario tree construction algorithm to efficiently approximate probabilistic uncertainty.
05/2018Journal articleA python framework for multi-agent simulation of networked resource systemsWe propose the Python Network Simulation (Pynsim) Framework, an open-source library for building simulation models of networked systems.

The FutureDAMS approach to water resource management

In this video Professor Julien Harou describes and give examples of approaches and tools FutureDAMS are developing.

Keynote seminar: Integrating water-energy-food-environment planning for climate adaptation and resilience

Julien Harou Chair in Water Engineering, University of Manchester Claudia Ringler Deputy Director of Environment and Production Technology Division, IFPRI John Matthews Executive Director, AGWA Chair: James Dalton Director, IUCN Global Water Programme FutureDAMS is...

New research: Increased economic benefits and resilience with collaborative management of the Nile’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

New research linking water resources and economic analysis shows coordinated filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) would increase economic benefits and resilience.

New research: How to quantify the benefits of managing new dams cooperatively

New FutureDAMS research sets out how to quantify the benefits of managing new dams cooperatively. The framework uses the example of Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam in Ghana. The infographic (left) summarises the research highlights. Click on the image to view the...

Nile Talk Forum: Understanding the potential impact of the GERD dam on floods in Sudan

Join the Nile Talk Forum's Global webinar series to learn from FutureDAMS researcher Mohammed Basheer who will be part of the discussion on 'Understanding the potential impact of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on floods in Sudan'. 17th May 2021, 13:00 GMT / 15:00...

Designing infrastructure systems to enhance water-energy-food-environment services

To mark World Water Day 2021, Professor Julien Harou, FutureDAMS Research Director, discusses early applications of the FutureDAMS approach for assessing and planning development in complex human-natural systems with stakeholders. Development in Africa will require...

‘Storing water: a new integrated approach for resilient development’. IWMI/GWP Launch event

FutureDAMS Research Director, Julien Harou, is joining the panel for the launch event of 'Storing Water: A new integrated approach for resilient development'. The event is co-organised by Global Water Partnership (GWP) and International Water Management Institute...

EGU2021Call for abstracts: Water resources policy and management-systems solutions in an uncertain world

In 2021, EGU will be hosting vEGU21: Gather Online (#vEGU21), a fully virtual meeting that will be held in place of the General Assembly in Vienna. FutureDAMS research Director Prof. Julien Harou is co-convening an EGU session on water resource systems under...

Integrating natural and built infrastructure in water resource development: what’s stopping us?

FutureDAMS welcomed Mark Smith, Director General of International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Matthew McCartney, IWMI's Sustainable Water Infrastructure & Ecosystems Research Group Leader, to present a webinar discussing how to support the planning and...

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...