Special Issue "The Role of Dam to the River Water Environment"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Ecohydrology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Yuankun Wang
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Guest Editor
School of Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering, North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China
Interests: ecohydrology; ecohydraulic; environmental flow; river management; regulated river; ecological modelling
Dr. Feng Huang
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Guest Editor
College of Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
Interests: ecohydrology; environmental water requirements; watershed management; regulated river; ecological water diversion

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Dams significantly contribute to social and economic development through flood control, water supply, power generation, navigation, recreation, etc., and also impact the river water environment mainly because of river corridor obstruction and hydrological alteration. Dams potentially affect hydrological regime, water quality, aquatic community, and species diversity. The environmental impact varies due to the dam size, reservoir operation strategy, and the natural characteristics of the regulated rivers. Understanding the features, laws, and mechanisms behind the roles of dams in the river water environment is critical to mitigating the adverse effects and improving the adaptive management strategies for sustainable development. This Special Issue will provide a platform for research that will clarify the role of the dam in the river water environment and provide specific implications for the stakeholders and governors to enhance dam management. We seek experimental, methodological, and application studies, and the topics covered by this Special Issue will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Ecohydrological effects of dams on the river and the associated lakes and wetlands;
  • Environmental water requirements of regulated rivers and the role of dams in satisfying the environmental water requirements;
  • The strategies for mitigating the negative environmental impact of dams and the sustainable management.

Prof. Dr. Yuankun Wang
Dr. Feng Huang
Guest Editors

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  • dam impacts
  • ecohydrology
  • environmental flow
  • ecological operation
  • river habitat
  • ecohydraulic
  • hydroecology
  • water resource management
  • water environment

Published Papers

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