Influence of climate change on Halslon reservoir sediment filling

S. M. Gardarsson, J. Eliasson

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Abstract

Halslon reservoir is the main reservoir of the Karahnjukar hydropower project in the Eastern highlands of Iceland currently under construction. The reservoir has storage capacity of 2100 million m3 and generating capacity of approximately 4600 GWh/year. Studies for the Environmental Impact Assessment for the hydropower project showed that sediment will fill up the reservoir in about 500 years based on the present sediment transport rate. The main source of the sediment is Bruarjokull outlet glacier which is a part of the Vatnajokull ice cap. Recent studies of influence of climate warming on Icelandic glaciers show that they will decrease significantly and in some cases completely disappear during the next few hundred years. In this study a glacier melting model for the Bruarjokull outlet glacier is constructed to predict how fast the glacier will decrease as a response to accepted climate warming scenario. The results from the glacier model is then used as an input to sediment transport mass balance model for Halslon reservoir which predicts the influence of the glacier melting on the sedimentation in the reservoir. The modeling shows that instead of the reservoir being completely full of sediment in 500 years, the Halslon reservoir will have at that time about 50-60% of its volume remaining as the sediment yield will decrease as a result of the decreasing glacier size.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Symposium on Dams in the Societies of the 21st Century, ICOLD-SPANCOLD - Dams and Reservoirs, Societies and Environment in the 21st Century
PublisherTaylor and Francis/ Balkema
Pages1255-1260
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0415404231, 9780415404235
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventInternational Symposium on Dams in the Societies of the 21st Century, ICOLD-SPANCOLD - Dams and Reservoirs, Societies and Environment in the 21st Century - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 18 Jun 200618 Jun 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Symposium on Dams in the Societies of the 21st Century, ICOLD-SPANCOLD - Dams and Reservoirs, Societies and Environment in the 21st Century
Volume2

Conference

ConferenceInternational Symposium on Dams in the Societies of the 21st Century, ICOLD-SPANCOLD - Dams and Reservoirs, Societies and Environment in the 21st Century
Country/TerritorySpain
CityBarcelona
Period18/06/0618/06/06

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