The Serre-Ponçon Dam and the Durance River: The Founding Act towards the most Regulated French Waterway


  • Nicolas Maughan Aix-Marseilles University (AMU), France


The construction of the Serre-Ponçon dam in 1955 was the first step in the development of dams in the Durance River, the most regulated waterway in France.

Author Biography

Nicolas Maughan, Aix-Marseilles University (AMU), France

Nicolas Maughan is conducting research in environmental sciences and environmental history at the University of Aix-Marseille (AMU) in Marseille. His research interests include urban environmental history, water pollution history, history of urban rivers and wetlands, history of water management and hydraulic technology (drainage, irrigation, water supply, sanitary facilities, flood protection and dredging), history of damming and transformation of rivers, and the history of waste and wastewater management in urban settings. He is also interested in environmental history of waterborne infectious diseases like diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid fever in cities. He especially explores Europe and the Mediterranean world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.