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Institute of Hydraulic Engineering

Research: Dept. of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management

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SHARE - Sustainable Hydropower in Alpine Rivers Ecosystems
Project manager:Prof. Dr.-Ing. Silke Wieprecht
Research assistants:Dr.-Ing. Ianina Kopecki, M.Sc.
Duration:1.8.2009 - 31.7.2012
Funding:ERDF- European Regional Development Fund
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This project is part of the research area:
Hydromorphology

MMM- Monitoring, Measuring and Modelling

Publications: Link

Abstract:

Hydropower is the most important renewable resource for electricity production in alpine areas: it has advantages for the global CO2 balance but creates serious environmental impacts. RES-e Directives require a renewable electricity enhance but, at the same time, the Water Framework Directive obliges member States to reach or maintain a water bodies "good" ecological status, intrinsically limiting the hydropower exploitation. Administrators daily face an increasing demand of water abstraction but lack reliable tools to rigorously evaluate their effects on mountain rivers and the social and economical outputs on longer time scale. The project intends to develop, test and promote a decision support system to merge on an unprejudiced base, river ecosystems and hydropower requirements. This approach will be led using existing scientific tools, adjustable to transnational, national and local normative and carried on by permanent panel of administrators and stakeholders.