A rapid environmental risk assessment of the Kakhovka Dam breach during the Ukraine conflict

Spears, B. and Harpham, Q. and Brown, E. and Barnett, C. and Barwell, L. and Roca, M. and Davison, M. and Dixon, H. and Elliott, A. and Garbutt, A. and Hazelwood, C. and Hofmann, B. and Lanyon, J. and Lofts, S. and MacKechnie, C. and Medinets, S. and Noble, J. and Ramsbottom, D. and Redhead, J. and Riera, A. and Spurgeon, D. and Svendsen, C. and Taylor, P. and Thackeray, S. and Turvey, K. and Wood, M.D. (2024) A rapid environmental risk assessment of the Kakhovka Dam breach during the Ukraine conflict. Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-024-02373-0


Assessing habitat and biodiversity loss in active conflict zones is a major challenge1. Independent scientific evidence on wartime impacts is essential to inform the environmental priorities of reconstruction and recovery plans. Such plans are typically developed during the conflict resolution period2. However, evidence to shape biodiversity recovery plans has historically emerged many years after resolution and reconstruction2. The combination of remote sensing capabilities, the availability of global environmental data and impact zone modelling now enable rapid assessments of wartime environmental impacts. Here, we describe an early scientific assessment of the potential environmental impact caused by the Kakhovka Dam breach during the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and highlight the need to build on this initial evidence to inform biodiversity recovery plans in the region.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Floods > Dams and reservoirs
Divisions: Floods
Depositing User: Helen Stevenson
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2024 12:00
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2024 12:00
URI: http://eprints.hrwallingford.com/id/eprint/1619

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