The Three Gorges Dam: An ecological perspective

Jianguo Wu, Jianhui Huang, Xingguo Han, Xianming Gao, Fangliang He, Mingxi Jiang, Zhigang Jiang, Richard B. Primack, Zehao Shen

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The Three Gorges Dam in China is the largest dam ever built. Its impacts on the biodiversity and ecological processes in the region are causing concern to ecologists worldwide. The dam and associated environmental alterations may result in a number of regional changes in terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity, as well as in ecosystem structure and functioning. The dam may also provide a rare opportunity for a grandscale experiment in habitat fragmentation, allowing ecologists to develop and test a series of hypotheses concerning the dynamics of biodiversity and biotic communities and their responses to disturbances. Such research can help improve conservation practices, stimulate international collaborations, and promote public education on the environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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