Hydropower impact on the river flow of a humid regional climate

Julian David Hunt, Giacomo Falchetta, Behnam Zakeri, Andreas Nascimento, Paulo Smith Schneider, Natália Assis Brasil Weber, André Luiz Amarante Mesquita, Paulo Sergio Franco Barbosa, Nivalde José de Castro

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Land use and water management have considerable impacts on regional climates. This paper proposes that in humid regions with low wind patterns the construction of hydropower storage reservoirs contributes to the increases in the probability of precipitation in the regional climate. This observation has been tested with a methodology that calculates the cumulative influence of reservoir construction in the basins surrounding with a proposed index named Cumulative Impact of Existing Reservoirs, and compares this index with the historical flow of the rivers. It was found that the construction of reservoirs in Brazil had a considerable impact on its river flows.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-393
Number of pages15
JournalClimatic Change
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Atmospheric Science


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