Artificial Reservoirs: Land Cover Change on Local Climate

Authored by: Faisal Hossain , Ahmed M. Degu

Encyclopedia of Natural Resources

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439852583
eBook ISBN: 9781351043847
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ENRW-120047593

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Abstract

This entry presents a review of what is currently known regarding the potential impact of large artificial reservoirs and dams on the local climate from the paradigm of land use and land cover (LULC) change. The review is based on the premise of systematic change in climate-sensitive LULC that most dams initiate after their construction and operation. To better understand the implication of change in local climate near dams and artificial reservoirs, it is therefore important to have a broader view of the changes to the landscape in the post-dam era. However, in the future, other factors, such as urbanization, atmospheric aerosols and global warming, need to be explored as well.

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