Articles | Volume 18, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 4529–4541, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-4529-2014
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 4529–4541, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-4529-2014

Research article 17 Nov 2014

Research article | 17 Nov 2014

Historical impact of water infrastructure on water levels of the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap system

T. A. Cochrane et al.

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Natural patterns of water levels in the Mekong are changing as a result of hydropower and irrigation development. Since 1991, significant changes in water level fluctuations and rising and falling rates have occurred along the lower Mekong. The changes were linked to temporal and spatial trends in water infrastructure development and can lead to impacts on ecosystem productivity. Climatic change is also important, but it has not been the main cause of the key water level alternations.