Hydroclimatic change challenges the EU planned transition to a carbon neutral electricity system

Hydrological variability and climate change impacts on water for power: can they undermine EU energy transition targets? The results of a collaboration between the eiLab and E3MLab are now avaiable on Environmental Research Letters. We examine changes in generation from water-dependent thermal and hydropower plants in the Iberian Peninsula and Read more…

A basin-scale approach to estimate river forms resilience to sediment connectivity alterations in data-scarce environments.

EiLab just published a paper on Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (ESPL), which showcases the potential of the CASCADE toolbox to estimate basin-scale river sediment (dis)connectivity, in terms of distributed outputs on sediment delivery and composition. The model was applied on the Vjosa river, one of the last wild river Read more…

On the advantages of jointly designing dam size and operations: a new paper on Earth’s Future

Globally, many countries are actively seeking to maximize the hydropower potential of major river basins, yielding proposals for constructing approximately 3,700 major dams in the near future. At present, economic cost‐benefit analyses are the dominant approach for evaluating candidate dam designs. Yet they typically fail to explore the interdependence of Read more…

Can Artificial Intelligence improve seasonal forecasts and inform reservoir operations? a new paper on WRR

Increasingly variable hydrologic regimes combined with more frequent and intense extreme events call for accurate medium‐ to long‐term predictions to timely prompt anticipatory operations. Despite in some locations global climate oscillations and particularly the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) may contribute to extending forecast lead times, in other regions there Read more…