Special Issue "Hydropower Impacts on Aquatic Biota"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2020).
Interests: upstream and downstream fish migration; ecohydraulics; fish passage engineering; ecology and fish conservation and restoration; fish physiology; fish evolution and behavior; biomechanics of fish; environmental hydrodynamics; renewable energy
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Interests: Life history and growth; thermal adaptation; environmental effects of hydropower; fish passage solutions; climate change; conservation limits; fisheries management
Habitat fragmentation of watercourses, river impoundment, and construction of large reservoirs are major threats to worldwide aquatic biodiversity (Winemiller et al., 2016, Silva et al., 2018). On one hand, hydropower is a renewable source of energy and an important part of the worldwide effort to reduce emissions of climate gasses in face of climate change and for the economic growth of developing countries. On the other hand, as a result of the burgeoned development of hydropower, the majority of rivers in the world have been or are being dammed, compromising the ecological welfare of freshwater ecosystems (Zarfle et al. 2014). With the rise of worldwide environmental awareness through the Convention on Biological Diversity (1992), environmental concerns have had an increasingly important influence on the development and operation of hydroelectric generation policies, management, and operations.
Solutions to this dilemma depend heavily on basic and applied research on the impacts of hydropower development on freshwater communities and ecosystems, but also on targeted research on developing measures to reduce the negative impacts. This Special Issue embodies the varied research in aquatic biology and ecology, from individual to population levels, eco-hydraulics, and engineering pertinent to aquatic biota and ecological restoration and sustainability.
We invite research studies from the fields of biology, ecology, hydrology, eco-hydraulics, and engineering based on the assessment of hydropower impacts on freshwater biota, as well as proposing innovative systems and technical solutions for impact mitigation and restoration of aquatic ecosystems. Interdisciplinary research studies linking physical and ecological/biological processes are particularly welcomed.
We welcome contributions on:
- Impact case studies from both rivers and reservoirs on all taxonomic levels, in particular studies showing general patterns of impact (including meta-analyses).
- Links between hydraulics, hydrology, and freshwater animal performance and population dynamics
- Fundamental and applied research on freshwater fish behaviour, biomechanics, bioenergetic, population dynamics, and migration
- Methods for reestablishment of lateral and longitudinal connectivity for fish and other animals (e.g., fish passages, screens, fish-friendly turbines, removal of dams)
- Mitigation of hydropower footprint in rivers and reservoirs for aquatic fauna at all taxonomic levels, including river restoration measures.
- Design criteria and measures for minimizing environmental impacts and ensuring the sustainability of new hydropower developments.
A.T. Silva, M.C. Lucas, T. Castro-Santos, C. Katopodis, L.J. Baumgartner, J.D. Thiem, K. Aarestrup, P.S. Pompeu, G.C. O’Brien, D.C. Braun, N.J. Burnett, D.Z. Zhu, H.-P. Fjeldstad, T. Forseth, N. Rajaratnam, J.G. Williams, S.J. Cooke. The future of fish passage science, engineering, and practice. Fish and Fisheries. 2018, 19, 340– 362.
Convention on Biological Diversity, 5 june, 1992. 1760 UNTS 79, Can. TS No 24, 31, ILM818 (CBD)
Winemiller, K.O., P.B. McIntyre, L. Castello, E. Fluet-Chouinard, T. Giarrizzo, S. Nam, I.G. Baird, Zarfle, C., Lumsdon, A.E., Berlekamp, J., Tydecks, L., and Tockner, K. A global boom in hydropower dam construction. Aquatic Science. 2014, 77, 161-170.
Dr. Ana T. Silva
Dr. Torbjørn Forseth
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- Freshwater ecosystems
- Animal movement and migrations
- Animal conservation
- Mitigation measures
- River restoration
- Hydropower sustainability