Future of Dams 2

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Jefferson, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Catherine Ashcraft, Kelly Addy, Bridie McGreavy
Chairs: Bridie McGreavy

Call for Submissions

For those wishing to participate in this session, please submit a copy of your abstract, specify whether you are interested in a paper or lightning paper presentation (information on session types available at http://annualmeeting.aag.org/session_types), and your presenter identification number (PIN) no later than October 24th to one of the following:

Catherine M. Ashcraft
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of New Hampshire

Bridie McGreavy
Department of Communication and Journalism
University of Maine

Kelly Addy
Department of Natural Resources Science
University of Rhode Island


Dams represent a literal and figurative nexus: a juxtaposition of infrastructure and freshwater ecosystems; an icon of technological innovation, economic prosperity, and industrial history; a source of clean energy, opportunity for recreation, and threat to biodiversity and cultural values. Dams are often a focal point for conflict between world views and a pathway for uniting communities to challenge injustice. While over 1100 dams have been removed in the United States, as dams approach or exceed their design life and as preferences for dams and watershed ecosystem services change, many dams are planned and under construction around the world. Given the diverse uses (e.g., hydropower, water supply, recreation) and consequences of dams (e.g. effects on aesthetics, place attachment and sense of place, nutrient flux, habitat availability, fish populations, waterfront property values, safety and liability risks associated with aging infrastructure, capabilities to participate in decisions), alternative decisions for individual dams or a network of dams have unique and emergent economic, technological, environmental, social, and political trade-offs.

We are organizing three sessions focusing on current research on dams, the trade-offs and dynamic behavior of dams in coupled social – ecological systems, and the ways in which knowledge about social-ecological systems and other knowledge are developed and used to shape decision-making about dams. These sessions aim to bring together diverse research focused on dams and will include ongoing research that is part of the Future of Dams Project (https://www.newenglandsustainabilityconsortium.org/dams; NSF Award #11A-133061, #11A-133041, #11A-1539071), a stakeholder engaged, solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research initiative focused on the future of decision-making about dams, as well as research from others focused on dams.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ben Blachly*, University of Rhode Island, Samuel G. Roy, University of Maine, Emi Uchida, University of Rhode Island, How does scale matter? Incorporating production efficiency and public preferences to understand socially-preferred dam removal strategies 16 9:55 AM
Presenter Corrine Armistead*, Earth Economics, Relationships of Rivers: An Analysis of Hydropower Potential Data and Data Structure 16 10:11 AM
Presenter Emma L Fox*, University of Maine, Sharon J.W. Klein, University of Maine, A Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) Tool for Dam Decisions Involving Hydropower 16 10:27 AM
Presenter Emily Vogler*, Rhode Island School of Design, The Future of Dams: The role of design in supporting complex environmental decisions 16 10:43 AM
Presenter Megan English*, University of New Hampshire, Alexis Sims*, University of New Hampshire, Samuel Tardiff*, University of New Hampshire, Natallia Leuchanka, University of New Hampshire , Michal Zahorik, University of New Hampshire, Catherine M. Ashcraft, University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire town voices on dam and flood management 16 10:59 AM
Discussant Bridie McGreavy University of Maine 20 11:15 AM

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