Increased storage capacity

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Description: Increasing storage capacity assumes that the total water volume stored in large reservoirs will increase. This can either be established by an increase of the capacity of existing reservoirs, or by building new reservoirs.
Reference: Biemans et al., 2013
Is implemented in: Water
Associated theme items: Flood risk (Water)Irrigation (Water)

Effects of this policy intervention on components

Component: Water
Effect : Increasing the storage capacity of reservoirs will lead to a reduction in streamflow variability and an increase in the amount of water stored in the river system. In basins that have a very variable flow regime, a storage reservoir can increase the water availability for irrigation during dry periods.