T1 S1: Water Management and Hydropower Integration in a Changing Climate

21.11.2023 11:15 – 12:45
Auditory C101

The session “Water Management and Hydropower Integration in a Changing Climate” offers a profound exploration of the crucial nexus between hydropower, water management and optimization, and the ever-evolving climate. With a focus on the intricate dynamics of hydropower, it sheds light on the resilience required to confront natural climate change and address water deficits. Moreover, the session explorers a strategic framework of cost-benefit sharing in preparation for extreme events that may disrupt the delicate equilibrium.

Hydropower, as a pivotal source of renewable energy, can support the transition to a low- or zero-carbon energy system and mitigate climate change impacts. At the same time, hydropower stations interact manifold with the environment. The interactions span from negative impacts on the aquatic ecosystem to problems related to the sediment transport. The interplay between these elements shapes landscapes and ecosystem dynamics and has far-reaching consequences for both energy production and environmental conservation.

As natural climate change becomes more pronounced, the adaptability and resilience of water management practices are paramount. Using cost-benefit approaches can improve the water allocation, particularly under climate extremes. Hence, the session explores how innovative solutions can mitigate the impact of water deficits, ensuring the sustainable allocation and use of this vital resource and demonstrate how suitable water management can support the mitigation process.

This session unravels the intricate interconnections between hydropower, sediment transport, resilience, water management, and the adaptive strategies necessary to navigate a changing climate. Discover how these integrated practices contribute to the sustainable future of water resources and energy generation in the face of climatic uncertainties.

The objectives of this session are to establish the main climate change threats to hydroelectricity as well as to explore and emphasize the crucial interplay between hydropower dynamics, water management strategies, and climate resilience, while also demonstrating innovative solutions and routes of action to mitigate water deficits, ensuring sustainable resource allocation, and supporting climate change mitigation efforts.

Session Host

Rolando Célleri Alvear, Pablo Guzmán, Paul Muñoz


11:15 – 11:20Welcome and introduction
11:20 –
Impacts of climate change on the hydropower potential of a multipurpose storage system project in Bolivian AndesIvan Alexis Chavez Flores
11:35 –
Integrating intermittent renewables via hydropower can impact other water-related sectorsJose Miguel Gonzalez Cabrera
11:50 –
Climate variability impact on long-term capacity of hydropower reservoirs in Andean regions. Case of study: Cañete river, Peru.Miluska Anthuannet Rosas Barturen
12:05 –
Influence of Low-Impact Development in Flood Control: A Case Study of the Febres Cordero Stormwater System of Guayaquil (Ecuador)Fabian Quichimbo
12:20 –
Cost-Benefit Sharing for Water Security: A Case of River Basin in IndiaNitin Bassi
12:35 – 12:45General discussion and summary