From: Colorado State University
Published December 11, 2017 02:41 PM

Sustainable dams — are they possible?

In a Dec. 8 Perspective piece in the journal Science, Poff, an expert in hydroecology and determining environmental flow needs for rivers, writes on the state of research in sustainable dam design. He highlights a new tool that researchers at Arizona State University are proposing for engineering river flows in Southeast Asia in order to sustain the economically and culturally important natural floodplain fisheries of the region.

“As a researcher, I am concerned about biodiversity conservation, and about sustaining rivers at a level of functional integrity that enables them to provide both biodiversity support as well as ecosystem goods and services,” said Poff, who also holds a partial appointment in riverine science at Australia’s University of Canberra. “I’m interested in where those intersect.”

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