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This database is the result of an extensive literature search aimed at identifying documents relevant to the emerging field of dam removal science. In total the database contains 179 citations that contain empirical monitoring information associated with 130 different dam removals across the United States and abroad. Data includes publications through 2014 and supplemented with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Inventory of Dams database, U.S. Geological Survey National Water Information System and aerial photos to estimate locations when coordinates were not provided. Publications were located using the Web of Science, Google Scholar, and Clearinghouse for Dam Removal Information.

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20150309_DamRemovalDatabase.accdb 1.14 MB
20150309_DamRemovalDatabase_Accession Numbers.xml 61.08 KB
20150309_DamRemovalDatabase_Citations.xml 104.29 KB
20150309_DamRemovalDatabase_Dams.xml 174.42 KB
20150309_DamRemovalDatabase_Study Design Data.xml 314.59 KB
20150309_DamRemovalDatabase_Study Results.xml 364.27 KB
Original FGDC Metadata

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20150527_Dam Removal Database.accdb 1.24 MB
20150527_Dam Removal Database_Accession Numbers.xml 61.08 KB
20150527_Dam Removal Database_Citations.xml 104.62 KB
20150527_Dam Removal Database_Dams.xml 174.76 KB
20150527_Dam Removal Database_Study Design Data.xml 314.59 KB
20150527_Dam Removal DatabaseStudy Results.xml 364.27 KB
20150710_Dam_Removal_Database.accdb 1.7 MB
20150710_Dam_Removal_Database_Accession_Numbers.xml 68.24 KB
20150710_Dam_Removal_Database_Citations.xml 104.62 KB
20150710_Dam_Removal_Database_Dams.xml 191.05 KB
20150710_Dam_Removal_Database_Study_Design_Data.xml 346.06 KB
20150710_Dam_Removal_Database_Study_Results.xml 364.27 KB
Original FGDC Metadata

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The purpose of this dataset is to provide a publicly available database of dam removal literature and associated meta-data, such as the character of removed dams, types of monitoring designs employed, and response metrics measured. The creation of this meta-knowledge database provides managers, stakeholders, and the public with the information necessary to help make informed decisions about dam decommissioning.


  • Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC)
  • John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7K935KT
IPDS IP-063789

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