TASK: Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Dams and Reservoirs

General information

Client: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
Location: Germany
Project Duration: 2017 - 2019
Key characteristics: Climate change, Reservoir management, Changing rainfall patterns, Water associations North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony
Detailed information: http://task.sydro.de/

Project description

The aim of the project is to develop adaptation strategies for dams and reservoirs that take into account shifting precipitation regimes and their resulting discharge conditions, as well as their effects on reservoir operation and water quality. The adaptation of reservoir operation towards a dynamisation will be developed using a modelling approach, while taking into account competing uses and requirements such as water supply security, dam safety, flood protection, low flow augmentation, hydropower and recreational use, minimum environmental flow and requirements of the Water Framework Directive.
Suitable indicators will be selected and further developed in order to identify any need for action at an early stage and to create a framework for action in agreement with the supervisory authority. In this framework for action the necessary individual case solutions can be worked out for each reservoir.


  • Investigate shifts in precipitation patterns and their resulting discharge conditions,
  • Analyze the effects of changed precipitation patterns on reservoir operation,
  • Analyze the effects of changed precipitation patterns on water quality,
  • Qualify the conflict between static specifications and simultaneously required greater dynamics of reservoir operation,
  • Develop a framework for action in coordination with the supervisory authority that provides enough flexibility to allow for the development of individual solutions for each reservoir.


  • Project management,
  • Data management,
  • Hydrological and water quality assessments,
  • Communication to different stakeholder.
Scroll to top