Faculty Sponsor

Mark Van Steeter

Date

2016-05-26

Abstract

Dams play a major role in anthropogenic climate change, and not for the better. The reservoirs behind dams are a substantial and growing source of global methane (CH4) emissions, leading a number of researchers to question the net benefits of hydroelectric dams in the fight against climate change. Globally, this accounts for around 20 percent of human-caused methane emissions. This process is amplified in areas with large amounts of biomass, such as tropical and other lower-latitude areas where dams are being built at a quick rate (Keitel, Zak, & Hupfer, 2016). As we look for sources of clean and renewable energy to adapt to a changing climate, understanding the pros and cons of hydroelectric dams is crucial.

Type

Presentation

Type (DCMI Terms)

Text; StillImage

Department

Earth/Physical Science

Language

Eng

Rights

In Copyright (InC)

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