Hydropower Resilience Guidelines

2018 Fall Cyberseminar Series

Patrick Ray / University of Cincinnati

Talk Description

The Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guidelines aim to develop a systematic approach to incorporating resilience to climate change and natural disasters in hydropower projects. The guidelines were developed to serve as guidance for practitioners, and are based on the Decision Tree Framework, work done under the World Bank’s Water Global Practice. Their development is being funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, for the use of (and under the direction of) the International Hydropower Association. They are now being tested in pilot projects around the world by international financial institutions and hydropower project owners. This talk will present example findings from hydropower projects in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia, and will describe the evolution of best practice from a focus on climate change risks, in particular, toward multidimensional risk management.

CUAHSI's 2018 Fall Cyberseminar Series: Major Challenges in Key River Basins Around the World

Hosted by Katherine Schlef, CUAHSI

Water management of major transboundary river basins is fascinating in its complexity and is also increasingly challenged by change in both hydro-climatology and human populations. For example, the climatology in large transboundary river basins may be influenced by monsoons, mesoscale convective systems, hurricanes, or orthographic rainfall. The hydrology can be similarly complex, ranging from high-elevation glacier- or snowmelt-fed catchments to completely urban landscapes to low-lying flatlands or arid plains with substantial groundwater interactions. Furthermore, human use of water for agricultural, municipal and industrial, and hydropower generation purposes alters the natural water cycle and can become contentious when water crosses geopolitical boundaries and as demand for water increases. In this seminar series, you will hear perspectives from a diverse set of emerging researchers regarding the challenges and possible solutions facing major transboundary river basins in the world, such as the Indus River Basin in Pakistan, the American and Sacramento River Basins in California, the Ohio River Basin in the United States Midwest, and the Nile River Basin in Ethiopia. You will gain an increased appreciation for the complexity of water management in such basins and will be inspired by the innovative and novel methods being used to solve the many challenges they face.