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Title: Impacts of climate change, policy and Water-Energy-Food nexus on hydropower development

Abstract

We report that hydropower plays an important role as the global energy system moves towards a less carbon-intensive and sustainable future as promoted under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This article provides a systematic review of the impacts from policy, climate change and Water-Energy-Food (W-E-F) nexus on hydropower development at global scale. Asia, Africa and Latin America are hotspots promoting hydropower development with capacity expansion, while Europe and North America focus on performance improvement and environment impacts mitigation. Climate change is projected to improve gross hydropower potential (GHP) at high latitude of North Hemisphere and tropical Africa and decrease that in the US, South Africa and south and central Europe. Analysis from W-E-F nexus highlights the importance of integrated approaches as well as cross-sectoral coordination so as to improve resources use efficiency and achieve sustainable hydropower development. In conclusion, these three factors together shape the future of hydropower and need to be considered for planning and operation purpose.

Authors:
 [1]; ORCiD logo [2];  [1];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [4]
  1. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Hydrology Technical Group
  2. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Hydrology Technical Group ; Montana State University, Bozeman, MT (United States). Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences
  3. International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C. (United States)
  4. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division
  5. Joint Global Change Research Institute, College Park, MD (United States)
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Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1413494
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1549344
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-114680
Journal ID: ISSN 0960-1481; PII: S0960148117309928
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830; AC05-76RLO 1830
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Renewable Energy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 116; Journal Issue: PA; Journal ID: ISSN 0960-1481
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; 58 GEOSCIENCES; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Hydropower; Water-food-energy nexus; Climate change; Sustainability

Citation Formats

Zhang, Xiao, Li, Hong-Yi, Deng, Zhiqun Daniel, Ringler, Claudia, Gao, Yang, Hejazi, Mohamad I., and Leung, L. Ruby. Impacts of climate change, policy and Water-Energy-Food nexus on hydropower development. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.RENENE.2017.10.030.
Zhang, Xiao, Li, Hong-Yi, Deng, Zhiqun Daniel, Ringler, Claudia, Gao, Yang, Hejazi, Mohamad I., & Leung, L. Ruby. Impacts of climate change, policy and Water-Energy-Food nexus on hydropower development. United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.RENENE.2017.10.030
Zhang, Xiao, Li, Hong-Yi, Deng, Zhiqun Daniel, Ringler, Claudia, Gao, Yang, Hejazi, Mohamad I., and Leung, L. Ruby. Tue . "Impacts of climate change, policy and Water-Energy-Food nexus on hydropower development". United States. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.RENENE.2017.10.030. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1413494.
@article{osti_1413494,
title = {Impacts of climate change, policy and Water-Energy-Food nexus on hydropower development},
author = {Zhang, Xiao and Li, Hong-Yi and Deng, Zhiqun Daniel and Ringler, Claudia and Gao, Yang and Hejazi, Mohamad I. and Leung, L. Ruby},
abstractNote = {We report that hydropower plays an important role as the global energy system moves towards a less carbon-intensive and sustainable future as promoted under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This article provides a systematic review of the impacts from policy, climate change and Water-Energy-Food (W-E-F) nexus on hydropower development at global scale. Asia, Africa and Latin America are hotspots promoting hydropower development with capacity expansion, while Europe and North America focus on performance improvement and environment impacts mitigation. Climate change is projected to improve gross hydropower potential (GHP) at high latitude of North Hemisphere and tropical Africa and decrease that in the US, South Africa and south and central Europe. Analysis from W-E-F nexus highlights the importance of integrated approaches as well as cross-sectoral coordination so as to improve resources use efficiency and achieve sustainable hydropower development. In conclusion, these three factors together shape the future of hydropower and need to be considered for planning and operation purpose.},
doi = {10.1016/J.RENENE.2017.10.030},
journal = {Renewable Energy},
number = PA,
volume = 116,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {10}
}

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