Hydropower in the Danube river basin: current status and emerging challenges

H. Habersack, C Bradley

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This chapter explores trends in hydropower developments in the Danube River Basin. After briefly describing the basin, we summarize the extent of current hydropower developments, and review their impacts, focussing specifically on the sediment budget. We then discuss emerging challenges, associated with climate and environmental change that illustrate the need for new, inter-disciplinary approaches to river basin management to mitigate some of the environmental impacts of hydropower developments in the basin. Finally we highlight the need to balance the benefits afforded by hydropower in the Danube River Basin, in reducing the use of fossil fuels, with the individual and cumulative environmental impacts of hydropower schemes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

This article was reviewed for the Encyclopedia of Inland Waters, Second Edition by Section Editors Ken Irvine, Debbie Chapman and Stuart Warner.


  • Danube River
  • Danube River Basin
  • Hydrogeomorphology
  • Hydropower


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