An Adaptive Management Approach Following The Master Plan For Hydro And Geothermal Energy Resources

1771 Words Dec 6th, 2016 8 Pages
This project presents an adaptive management approach following the Master Plan for Hydro and Geothermal Energy Resources to assess the environmental effects of hydropower production on cultural and biological diversity in Iceland. Field data will be collected, comparing current dammed and non-dammed rivers; looking at landscape well-being and biological diversity of birds, fish, sheep, pollinators, and vegetation. Data will be continuously collected and evaluated under the guidelines of the Environmental Impact Post-Assessment. Our framework analyzes the links between energy development, scientific findings, and communication with stakeholders. It is necessary to evaluate the economics and environmental impacts of hydropower production in hopes to promote sustainable development to support society’s rapid increase in energy consumption.

Introduction:
Iceland 's mountains, glaciers, rivers, and geothermal hot spots play a major role in sustainable energy development. Iceland has recognized their natural resources and is utilizing them to create energy production for their country. Currently, Iceland is generating nearly 100 percent renewable energy: 73% hydropower, 27% geothermal, and less than one percent fossil fuels (Orkustofnun, 2015). Melting glaciers supply an abundant resource to rivers which Iceland has harnessed to support hydropower. Hydropower is recognized as a sustainable, clean source of energy. There is concern that hydropower dams are negatively impacting…

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