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Number of Dams in European Catchments

Number of Dams in European Catchments

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This map depicts the total number of dams across Europe aggregated per subcatchment.


European Environment Agency (link)

see also:

EEA European catchments and rivers network system - Ecrins (link)


Núria Cid email


N. Cid email
Freshwater Ecology, Hydrology and Management (FEHM) Research Group
Diagonal 643, 5th floor
Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Biology
University of Barcelona

Related Publications

  • EEA (2018). European catchments and Rivers network system (Ecrins). Available at:
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  • Johnson, P. T., Olden, J. D., & Vander Zanden, M. J. (2008). Dam invaders: impoundments facilitate biological invasions into freshwaters. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 6(7), 357-363.
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  • Lytle, D. A., & Poff, N. L. (2004). Adaptation to natural flow regimes. Trends in ecology & evolution, 19(2), 94-100.
  • Vörösmarty C.J., McIntyre P.B., Gessner M.O., Dudgeon D., Prusevich a, Green P., et al. (2010). Global threats to human water security and river biodiversity. Nature 467, 555–561.
  • Zarfl C., Lumsdon A.E., Berlekamp J., Tydecks L. & Tockner K. (2014). A global boom in hydropower dam construction. Aquatic Sciences 77, 161–170.

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The European Environment Agency (EEA) is the owner of copyrights and Ecrins database rights. This map incorporates data from the HydroSHEDS database which is © World Wildlife Fund, Inc. (2006-2013) and has been used herein under license.

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