Mapping the hydropower resource of the Yangtze River drainage basin

Gareth Harrison, Thomas Bruce, Clive Greated, A Walker

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Hydropower is an important component of China’s energy mix and this paper summaries work to model and map potential hydropower within the Yangtze drainage basin. To date most of the work has been in development of hydrological modelling over a long time series from 1979 to 2007. Calibration and optimisation of the model on a small sub-catchment of the Yangtze has shown strong correlation between modelled and observed flow duration curves. The outputs from the hydrological modelling will feed into the hydropower search which is still under development. Importantly, the input data sources are publicly available and hence the techniques could be employed on any global catchment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSixth International Conference and Exhibition on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia
Place of PublicationVientiane, Lao PDR
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2016

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