IDC Seminar by Assistant Professor Stefano Galelli

12 Oct 2016 4.00 PM to 5.00 PM Lecture Theatre 3, Building 2 Level 4

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El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) strongly influences the global climate system, affecting hydro-meteorological processes across many regions of the world. This raises the prospect of ENSO-driven variability in hydropower production, irrigation supply and other water-related services. In this presentation, we begin by studying the impact of ENSO on about 1,600 hydropower dams—representing more than half of the world’s existing hydropower capacity. The analysis is carried out using a detailed model that accounts for plant specifications, storage dynamics, and realistic, optimized operating rules. Results show that approximately 35% of the world’s hydropower dams exhibit reliable anomalies in power production in at least one of the two ENSO phases of El Niño and La Niña. We then change focus to discussing the role of dam design specifications and operating approaches in smoothing the effects of climate variability. In particular, we study limits and advantages of operations based on climate indices and seasonal streamflow forecasts. 
About the Speaker
Stefano Galelli is an Assistant Professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design (Pillar of Engineering Systems and Design). He graduated in Environmental and Land Planning Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2007 and received a PhD in Information and Communication Technology from the same university in early 2011. Before joining SUTD, Dr. Galelli spent two years as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Singapore-Delft Water Alliance (National University of Singapore), where he led the Hydro-Informatics research group. Dr. Galelli sits on the editorial board of Environmental Modelling & Software and Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. Dr. Galelli received the Environmental Modelling & Software 2011 Outstanding Reviewer Award and an Early Career Research Excellence Award (2014) by the international Environmental Modelling & Software society. He is also recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Reviewer Award for the American Society of Civil Engineers.