Articles | Volume 20, issue 8
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3343–3359, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3343-2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3343–3359, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-3343-2016

Research article 22 Aug 2016

Research article | 22 Aug 2016

Projected impacts of climate change on hydropower potential in China

Xingcai Liu et al.

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Impacts of climate change on hydropower potential of China are investigated using projections from multiple general circulation models and global hydrological models. Results show that the projected total hydropower potential of China generally increases (e.g., in southwest China) while the maximum production of current hydropower stations may decrease (e.g., in Sichuan and Hubei provinces) in the future. This study prompts the consideration of climate change in hydropower planning in China.