Dam building for multipurpose water schemes – Costs & benefits

Why do people build dams? See International Commission on Large Dams

PowerPoint showing Hydrological changes resulting from Dam construction

Is building dams  a sustainable management strategy? – BBC News

  • To examine the costs and benefits of dams and reservoirs as part of multi-purpose schemes.

Case Study: Costs and benefits of a multi-purpose scheme – The Three Gorges Dam, Yangtze River, China.

Pros & Cons of Dams – Highlights some purposes of dams and the problems that can result.

Info on the dam from Internationalrivers.org



Info from African water.org

Problems of the dam from phys.org

National Geographic – China’s Three Gorges Dam, by the Numbers





Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 12.49.15More from Wikipediathe BBCThe Guardian from 2003, and again in 2011, Scientific American, and in photos from The Huffington Post, and from Jason Munster

3 Gorges Dam infographic

See below for videos relating to the dam and reservoir.


Other Dam case studies of interest

Aswan High Dam in Egypt from wikipedia

Study of Aswan Dam from the University of Michigan

Case_Study_Kariba_Dam – November_2000

Exam style question

Evaluate the use of a named dam as part of a located multi-purpose scheme. [10 Marks]


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