Input data set: GRanD reservoirs & dams

Protocol relation: Protocol
Data Type: Other
Simulation rounds: ISIMIP2b, ISIMIP2a, Fast Track

** This data set has been expanded with missing construction/commissioning years, see **

The dam data is based on GRanDv1.1 (Lehner et al., 2011, DOI: 10.1890/100125), but adjusted to match the river-routing in DDM30. After 2010, the data has been provided by Dr. Jida Wang, from Kansas State University (KSU).

Use of these data sets is recommended but, if unfeasible, groups may use their default dataset. For a comparison of this dataset with the default WaterGAP and LPJmL datasets, see

Scenarios: histsoc
Data source

Originator: Lehner, B., C. Reidy Liermann, C. Revenga, C. Vorosmarty, B. Fekete, P. Crouzet, P. Doll, M. Endejan, K. Frenken, J. Magome, C. Nilsson, J.C. Robertson, R. Rodel, N. Sindorf, and D. Wisser

Use Constraints:
The Global Water System Project (GWSP) holds the copyright of this data set. The GRanD database is freely available for non-commercial use. Users are prohibited from any commercial resale, or redistribution without explicit written permission from the authors (Lehner et al. 2011) or GWSP. Users should acknowledge the authors (Lehner et al. 2011) and SEDAC as the distributor as the source used in the creation of any reports, publications, new data sets, derived products, or services resulting from the use of this data set. GWSP or CIESIN may also request reprints of any publications.


A few of the dams have no information regarding the construction year, and in the varsoc simulations they are assumed to exist during the whole simulation period.

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This data set has been expanded with missing construction/commissioning years, see