Join us for the year-end meeting of the Bay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) on Thursday, June 13, 6:00pm, at the Carnegie Institute--Department of Global Ecology  on Stanford campus, featuring a talk by Dr. Claudia M. Stickler of the International Program at the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM-International) on the importance of rainforests for hydropower.
A May 2013 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science warned that deforestation may significantly decrease the hydroelectric potential of tropical rainforest regions. Dr. Stickler and colleagues used climate, hydrological, and land use models to forecast the impact of potential forest loss on hydropower generation on the Xingu River, a major tributary of the Amazon where the world's third largest dam — Belo Monte — is currently under construction. They found that deforestation could inhibit rainfall and discharge by 6 to 36 percent, potentially limiting Belo Monte's electricity output to just a quarter of its installed capacity.  Yet despite the potential impact, the researchers say that policymakers are largely failing to account for the effects of deforestation on power generation. 

BATFN is an informal social network in the Bay Area broadly interested in tropical forest conservation and ecology. We are academics, professionals, and rainforest aficionados, and we meet semi-regularly to network, collaborate, and discuss timely issues facing tropical forests--generally over snacks and drinks.  The event is free and open to all.  To RSVP, please visit the BATFN Facebook page or reply to  to Kelly McManus (


Where: Carnegie Institute, Department of Global Ecology (main lobby)
Address: 260 Panama Street, Stanford, CA 94305. Free parking is available on site.

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CITATION: Stickler et al. (2013) Dependence of hydropower energy generation on forests in the Amazon Basin at local. PNAS May 17,