Power-generation system vulnerability and adaptation to changes in climate and water resources


General Information:

Author: Van Vliet, M. et al.

Year of publication: 2016

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Vulnerability assessment

Format of assessment: Scientific article

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: No information

To be carried out by whom: Scientists/researchers

Institutional scale of use: Global

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Others (please specify)

Details: Planners in electricity sector, power plant owners

Output: Others (see details)

Details: Vulnerability map


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Europe

Developed by which sector: Science

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Worldwide

Potential geographic coverage: Worldwide

Sectors covered: Energy sector, Water sector

Details: Hydro- and Thermoelectric (using river water for cooling) power plants

Method used: Quantitative model

Description of methodology: Globally hydrological-electricity model→ consisting of physical-hydrological model and water temperature model connected with hydropower and thermoelectric power model; model was paired with general circulation models output from RCP 2.6 and 8.5

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Risk components incorporated: Vulnerability

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Water scarcity

Source of required data: Secondary (available data is used)

Details: Information on power plant characteristics (World Electric Power Plant Database); daily observed records of streamflow and water temperature; data on power generation from hydroelectric and thermoelectric power plants

Temporal scale: Forward looking

Participatory elements: No

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: No

Adressing uncertainty: Partly

Details: Uncertainty in GCM output was accounted for

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts

Details: Adaptation options are modelled but not discussed in depth

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Economic

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): No


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: Partly

Details: Adaptation options are modelled but not discussed in depth

Applied by whom: van Vliet, M. et al.

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