Articles | Volume 22, issue 5
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 2839–2865, 2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 2839–2865, 2018

Research article 08 May 2018

Research article | 08 May 2018

Basin-scale impacts of hydropower development on the Mompós Depression wetlands, Colombia

Héctor Angarita et al.

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Short summary
The Magdalena River basin has great hydropower potential. A number of large dams are proposed in the upstream reaches of the two largest rivers that converge in the lowland floodplains. While these dams are expected to more than double national electricity production, the implications for the wetlands and the people that depend on them are highly uncertain. Our assessment of these implications provides insights to guide basin-level infrastructure development and ecosystem conservation projects.