Project Profile: DELTAS

Catalyzing Action towards Sustainability of Deltaic Systems with an Integrated Modelling Framework for Risk Assessment


Principal Investigators: Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Regents of the University of Minnesota, United States
Partners: Kazi Ahmed, University of Dhaka, Senegal
Edward Anthony, Aix-Marseille University, France
Eduardo Brondizio, Indiana University, United States
Marcel Marchand, Deltares, Netherlands
Claudia Kuenzer, Earth Observation Center, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Marc Goichot, World Wide Fund for Nature, Germany
Steven Goodbred, Vanderbilt University, United States
Ian Harrison, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, United States
Jonathan Hutton, United Nations Environment Programme, United Kingdom
Zoe Matthews, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Van Nguyen, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Vietnam
Irina Overeem, University of Colorado, United States
Ramesh Ramachandran, Anna University, India
Fabrice Renaud, United Nations University, Japan
Yoshiki Saito, Geological Survey of Japan, Japan
Md. Munsur Rahman, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh
Alice Newton, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Norway
Gwyn Lintern, Natural Resources Canada, Canada
Philippe Van Cappellen, University of Waterloo, Canada
Shu Gao, Nanjing University, China
Stefan Dech, University of Wuerzburg, Germany
Charles Vorosmarty, City College of New York, United States
Sandra Costa, University of Vale do Paraíba, Brazil
Rob Nicholls, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Angela Baschieri, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
John Dearing, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Sponsors: São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil
French National Research Agency, France
German Research Foundation, Germany
Ministry of Earth Sciences, India
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan
National Environment Research Council, United Kingdom
Economic and Social Research Council, United Kingdom
National Science Foundation, United States


Full Project Title: Catalyzing Action towards Sustainability of Deltaic Systems with an Integrated Modelling Framework for Risk Assessment
Full Call Title: Coastal2012


Project Objective: The project will develop a versatile modeling framework that may be applied from local to national levels to evaluate the unique functioning, critical stressors, and vulnerability of the world's deltas. The framework will ingest social, economic, physical and ecosystem data into an open-access repository and will allow planners to model and deliver optimized, viable solutions for their region. In areas for which detailed data are sparse, an infrastructure for critical data gathering will be developed and modeling and prediction tools will be customized.
Call Objective: The purpose of this call was to promote the development, comparison and transfer of coastal scientific approaches. The focus was on the vulnerability, resilience and adaptation options of coastal societal, managed and natural systems to multiple drivers.


Regions: Asia, South America
Countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Vietnam


Duration: 36 months
Call Date: 2012
Project Award Date: 2012