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.
FutureDAMS research themes:
- Decision-making under uncertainty
- Water resources systems simulation & optimisation
- Power system simulation & optimisation
- Integrated assessment tools
- Social simulation
- Social Impacts/Benefit sharing
- FutureDAMS approach manual
- Agriculture and livelihoods
- CGE Economic modelling
- Ex-post economic analysis
Political science and governance
- World Commission on Dams (WCD) Review
- Financing dams
- Politics and governance
Climate, ecology and hydrological science
- Global climate modelling
- Global hydrological modelling
- Ecological impacts
- Carbon Emissions and climate change
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