Understanding the effects of hydroelectric operations on aquatic ecosystems
It is difficult to accurately estimate the effects of hydropower on the productivity and the biodiversity of aquatic communities. NSERC HydroNet’s five year research program will:
The research program will provide scientifically defensible and transparent tools to assess, mitigate and minimize potential impacts of hydropower generation on aquatic ecosystems, improve the decision-making process associated with hydropower operations, and reduce conflict among water resource users.
NSERC HydroNet’s research program includes two complementary themes:
- Ecosystemic Analysis of Productive Capacity of Fish Habitats in Rivers
- Modeling of Fish-Habitat Interactions in the Context of Hydropower
The NSERC HydroNet research program is supported by the Strategic Network and the Collaborative Research and Development Grant programs. Projects developed by DFO scientists to be complementary with NSERC HydroNet research program are supported by the Center of expertise on hydropower impacts on fish and fish habitat (CHIP - DFO).