Damming the Rivers of the Amazon Basin

Edgardo M. Latrubesse, Eugenio Y. Arima, Thomas Dunne, Edward Park, Victor R. Baker, Fernando M. d’Horta, Charles Wight, Florian Wittmann, Jansen Zuanon, Paul A. Baker, Camila C. Ribas, Richard B. Norgaard, Naziano Filizola, Atif Ansar, Bent Flyvbjerg & Jose C. Stevaux (2017).

14 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2017  

Edgardo M. Latrubesse

University of Texas at Austin

Eugenio Y. Arima

Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Department of Environmental Studies

Thomas Dunne

University of California, Santa Barbara

Edward Park

Texas A&M University

Victor R. Baker

University of Arizona

Fernando M. d’Horta

National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA)

Charles Wright

University of Texas at Austin

Florian Wittmann

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Jansen Zuanon

National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA)

Paul A. Baker

Duke University

Camila C. Ribas

University of California, Berkeley

Richard B. Norgaard

University of California, Berkeley

Naziano Filizola

Federal University of Amazonas - UFAM

Atif Ansar

Saïd Business School

Bent Flyvbjerg

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Jose C. Stevaux

UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista (State of Sao Paulo University)

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Date Written: June 17, 2017

Abstract

More than a hundred hydropower dams have already been built in the Amazon basin and numerous proposals for further dam constructions are under consideration. The accumulated negative environmental effects of existing dams and proposed dams, if constructed, will trigger massive hydrophysical and biotic disturbances that will affect the Amazon basin’s floodplains, estuary and sediment plume. We introduce a Dam Environmental Vulnerability Index to quantify the current and potential impacts of dams in the basin. The scale of foreseeable environmental degradation indicates the need for collective action among nations and states to avoid cumulative, far-reaching impacts. We suggest institutional innovations to assess and avoid the likely impoverishment of Amazon rivers.

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Latrubesse, Edgardo M. and Arima, Eugenio Y. and Dunne, Thomas and Park, Edward and Baker, Victor R. and d’Horta, Fernando M. and Wright, Charles and Wittmann, Florian and Zuanon, Jansen and Baker, Paul A. and Ribas, Camila C. and Norgaard, Richard B. and Filizola, Naziano and Ansar, Atif and Flyvbjerg, Bent and Stevaux, Jose C., Damming the Rivers of the Amazon Basin (June 17, 2017). Edgardo M. Latrubesse, Eugenio Y. Arima, Thomas Dunne, Edward Park, Victor R. Baker, Fernando M. d’Horta, Charles Wight, Florian Wittmann, Jansen Zuanon, Paul A. Baker, Camila C. Ribas, Richard B. Norgaard, Naziano Filizola, Atif Ansar, Bent Flyvbjerg & Jose C. Stevaux (2017). . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2988317

Edgardo M. Latrubesse

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

Austin, TX 78712
United States

Eugenio Y. Arima

Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Department of Environmental Studies ( email )

Geneva, NY 14456
United States

Thomas Dunne

University of California, Santa Barbara ( email )

Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States

Edward Park

Texas A&M University ( email )

Langford Building A
798 Ross St.
College Station, TX 77843-3137
United States

Victor R. Baker

University of Arizona ( email )

Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

Fernando M. D’Horta

National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) ( email )

Av. André Araújo, 2936 - Petrópolis
Manaus - AM
69067-375
Brazil

Charles Wright

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

Austin, TX 78712
United States

Florian Wittmann

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

Jansen Zuanon

National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) ( email )

Av. André Araújo, 2936 - Petrópolis
Manaus - AM
69067-375
Brazil

Paul A . Baker

Duke University ( email )

100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

Camila C. Ribas

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Richard B. Norgaard

University of California, Berkeley ( email )

310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Naziano Filizola

Federal University of Amazonas - UFAM ( email )

Avenida Rodrigo Otávio, 3000
Manaus, 69000000
Brazil

Atif Ansar (Contact Author)

Saïd Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

Bent Flyvbjerg

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

Jose C. Stevaux

UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista (State of Sao Paulo University) ( email )

Av. Eufrásia Monteiro Petráglia, 900
Jd. Dr. Antonio Petráglia
Franca, Sao Paulo 14409-160
Brazil

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