Suggested Citation: Bassi, Nitin. 2022. “Climate Risk Adaptation and Mitigation in India: Role of Reservoirs and Hydropower.” In Proceedings of the International Conference on Hydropower and Dams Development for Water and Energy Security: Under Changing Climate, Rishikesh, India, 7-9 April 2022, 1-4.
This paper discusses the influence of climate-induced hydrological changes on the availability of water for agriculture, energy production, and industrial, domestic and environmental needs in India. Subsequently, it analyses the role of surface water reservoirs in climate adaptation as well as the role of hydropower in climate mitigation. Finally, it provides suggestions for managing the economic, social and environmental trade-offs of such large water infrastructure projects.