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Climate impacts on hydro-power development in China
Author(s): Meili Zhou; Qian Ye; Zhihui Liu
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Paper Abstract

Viewing hydropower as a clean energy source and an important part of overall energy strategy in the years ahead, China has put priority on hydroelectric projects as part of its sustainable development strategy to reduce pollution as well as CO2 emission resulting from burning coal. Although China's hydropower exploitation potential ranks first in the world, its utilization ratio is very low at 24% by comparing with as high as 80% in developed countries. Although the economic importance of hydropower plants cannot be underestimated, their construction also has brought inevitable negative effects on the environment. Moreover, because the efficiency of operating hydropower plants is heavily dependent on precipitation condition which is very sensitive to climate variation and climate change, and the reservoirs built for hydropower plants are also discovered as one of greenhouse gases sources, the climate impact on developing mega-hydropower projects needs to be studied.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2005
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5884, Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability II, 58840A (1 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.620728
Show Author Affiliations
Meili Zhou, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (China)
Qian Ye, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (United States)
Xinjiang Univ. (China)
Zhihui Liu, Xinjiang Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5884:
Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability II
Wei Gao; David R. Shaw, Editor(s)

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