Research

FutureDAMS research aims


The project aims to co-develop an approach and toolset to help design and plan better human interventions in complex human-engineered natural resource systems, with partners in Myanmar, the Volta basin (West Africa) and the Nile basin. Dams and systems of dams are conceptualised and assessed as water-energy-food-ecology system interventions that must deliver economic, social and environmental benefits and resilience under a range of plausible futures.

  • Inter- and cross-disciplinary research assessments will identify what has worked well historically and what needs improvement.
  • A new framework for dam system decision-making will seek to enable the effective negotiated design of complex systems.
  • FutureDAMS is co-develping a state-of-the art online integrated assessment modelling toolset¬†for assessing and optimisng system designs. Factors to be explored include alternative operating regimes, locations and sizes of new infrastructure, trade-offs and synergies between alternatives and links with wider regional energy, food and economic production, and ecological, political and social systems.
  • An online analytical and training toolbox will allow collaborative working between diverse groups such as local and regional stakeholder and sectoral groups, investors, planners, consultants and academics.

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