Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

IBED Seminar by Prof. Klement Tockner

20Apr2017 16:00 - 17:00


Title: An engineered water future?


Prof. Klement Tockner, Professor for Aquatic Ecology at the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, Germany and President of the Austrian Science Fund, Vienna


Human activities have altered how the world functions. During the past decades, we have globally, fundamentally, in the long-term, and in most cases irreversibly modified the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and particularly the biosphere. And we are just at the beginning of this new epoch, often referred to as the Anthropocene. Indeed, there is general agreement that the transformation of our globe takes speed, with consequences that may threaten our own survival. We are probably not even able to imagine, or at least it sounds like science fiction, which alterations we will face in the coming decades to centuries.

This presentation provides a comprehensive inventory of future major engineering projects that are either planned or under construction in freshwater systems worldwide. Prof. Tockner will focus on very large dams, as well as on major interbasin water-transfer and navigation projects. The main goal is to raise awareness about the immense dimensions of and the challenges associated with future megaprojects. Finally, he will discuss opportunities to mitigate the consequences of megaprojects based on the lessons learnt from projects in other infrastructure sectors.


Location: H0.08

  • Ms J.J. (Judith) Westveer MSc

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  • prof. dr. ir. P.F.M. (Piet) Verdonschot

    Inviting professor: | T: 0205258448

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