Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Reservoirs

  • Olli Varis
  • Matti Kummu
  • Saku Härkönen
  • Jari T. Huttunen
Part of the Water Resources Development and Management book series (WRDM)


It is difficult to conceive of another aspect of water resources development that evokes as much emotion, public concern and challenge for policy makers as dam and reservoir construction. Some want to store water, generate electricity, irrigate or ameliorate living in other ways by constructing dams. Others oppose this because dams and reservoirs destruct valuable ecosystems, displace people from river valleys where they have dwelled for millennia and so on.


Reservoir Area Tropical Zone Natural Lake Deep Water Layer Hydropower Reservoir 
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This work is dedicated to the memory of our dear colleague and co-author Jari Huttunen and his ground-breaking work on greenhouse gas emissions from reservoirs. Mr. Huttunen suddenly passed away during this project.

The authors acknowledge the excellent support of the Helsinki University of Technology (now part of Aalto University), Water Resources Laboratory and its staff. Particular thanks are due to Professor Pertti Vakkilainen and Professor Asit K. Biswas for their encouragement for this project, and to Pirkko Kortelainen, Marie Thouvenot and Jukka Turunen for comments and insight on the overall topic of this work. The financial support of Maa- ja Vesitekniikan Tuki r.y. is greatly appreciated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olli Varis
    • 1
  • Matti Kummu
    • 1
  • Saku Härkönen
    • 2
  • Jari T. Huttunen
    • 3
  1. 1.Water and Development Research GroupAalto UniversityEspooFinland
  2. 2.Uusimaa Centre for Economic DevelopmentTransport and the EnvironmentHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Department of Environmental SciencesUniversity of KuopioKuopioFinland

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