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.

Click here to download our 2 page guide to FutureDAMS.


FutureDAMS research themes:

Keep up to date as the research progresses by signing up to our regular e-news