Curated global dam and reservoir data for all

Global Dam Watch is an international collaboration which aims to improve our understanding of the costs and benefits of dams to our world by providing open access data and tools focused on dams and reservoirs

Dams, reservoirs, and other water management infrastructure provide many benefits, but also generate risks. Dam construction and removal affects progress toward the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) at local to global scales. However, globally-consistent information on the location and characteristics of these structures are lacking, and information is often highly localised, fragmented, or inaccessible.

Our mission is to work across disciplines and scales to gather, curate and share high quality open-access, georeferenced regional and global dam data and knowledge.

We focus on three outputs:

  • the GDW directory of existing dam datasets, bringing together the increasingly numerous global, regional and local dam and instream barrier datasets including our core datasets GOODD, GRAND and FHReD,

  • the GDW consensus global database bring together the world's most comprehensive curated databases as a single, globally consistent dam and instream barrier data product for global-scale analyses,

  • the GDW intelligence platform for dam mapping, curation, visualisation and research in support of policy and decision making at the national and basin scale, globally

See our open access introductory paper in Environmental Research for further details of our mission and objectives.

Care to participate?

  • Add databases that you are aware of to the GDW dam directory

  • Add and edit dam attributes for countries and basins of your interest using GDW dam intelligence

  • Reach out to us from the GDW contact page if you would like to support or join this effort in other ways.

Global Dam Watch Core Datasets

Our core datasets have driven hundreds of peer-reviewed studies since 2009.