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Introducing HyPeak: An international network on hydropeaking research, practice, and policy


An increase in the demand for renewable energy is driving hydropower development and its integration with variable renewable energy sources. When hydropower is produced flexibly from hydropower plants, it causes rapid and frequent artificial flow fluctuations in rivers, a phenomenon known as hydropeaking. Hydropeaking and associated hydrological alterations cause multiple impacts on riverine habitats with cascading effects on ecosystem functioning and structure. Given the significance of its ecological and socio-economic implications, mitigation of hydropeaking requires an inter- and transdisciplinary approach. An interdisciplinary network called HyPeak has been conceived to enrich international research initiatives and support hydropower planning and policy. HyPeak has been founded based on exchange and networking activities linking scientists from several countries where hydropeaking has been widespread for decades and numerous studies dedicated to the topic have been carried out. HyPeak aims to integrate members from other countries and continents in which hydropower production plays a relevant role, and grow to be a reference group that provides expert advice on the topic to policy-makers, as well as researchers, stakeholders, and practitioners in the field of hydropeaking.


Academic article




  • Maria Alp
  • Ramon J. Batalla
  • Maria Dolores Bejarano
  • Isabel Boavida
  • Hervé Carpa
  • Mauro Carolli
  • Roser Casas-Mulet
  • Maria Costa
  • Jo Halvard Halleraker
  • Christoph Hauer
  • Daniel Hayes
  • Atle Harby
  • Markus Noack
  • A. Palau
  • Matthias Schneider
  • Lennart Schönfelder
  • Diego Tonolla
  • Davide Vanzo
  • Terese E. Venus
  • Damia Vericat
  • Guido Zolezzi
  • Maria Cristina Bruno


  • France
  • Spain
  • University of Lleida
  • Technical University of Madrid
  • University of Lisbon (ULisboa)
  • SINTEF Energy Research / Energisystemer
  • Technical University of Munich
  • University of Melbourne
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Norwegian Environment Agency
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  • Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich
  • University of Trento
  • Istituto Agrario San Michele all'Adige - Fondazione Edmund Mach



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Rivers Research and Applications: an international journal devoted to river research and management








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