The following is a complete list of contributions by the Belmont Forum DELTAS team members to the forthcoming Deltas in Times of Climate Change II meeting from September 24-26 in Rotterdam.

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Wednesday 24 September

Deltas in Depth 4. Coastal systems and wetlands
DD 4.1 Sustainable management of deltas - a tour around a changing world
14.00-15.45.  Mees Auditorium

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:
The importance of scale in defining vulnerability of the Ganges-Brahmaputra River delta to environmental change
Carol Wilson, Vanderbilt University, USA

Deltas in Depth 11. Decision support tools and risk assessment
Session DD 11.1 Risk assessment and management
14.00-15.45.  New York Room

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:
Assessing health, livelihoods, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation in populous deltas
Prof. Robert James, Nicholls University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Deltas in Depth 11. Decision support tools and risk assessment
Session DD 11.2 Pathways for adaptation to an uncertain future
14.00-15.45.  Penn Room II

Exploring adaptation pathways is an emerging concept for supporting climate adaptation and mitigation decisions. The pathways concept is further elaborated and applied by four EU FP7 research programs: BASE, RISES, IMPRESSIONS and URBES. The session investigates how these pathways are defined and used.

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:
Tom Bucx, Deltares, the Netherlands (co-organizer of session).

Deltas in Depth 11. Decision support tools and risk assessment
Session DD 11.3 Decision support and risk assessment in Asian deltas
16.15-18.00  Leeuwen Room I

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:
Integration of bio-physical and livelihood dynamics for analysis of poverty in coastal Bangladesh\
PhD Attila Lazar, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Deltas in Practice Theme 2. Adaptation strategies
DP 2.1 Migration as an adaptation to climate change: the best option for deltas?
16.15-18.00  Antwerp Room

The panel discussion will contextualise the impacts of climate change and associated vulnerabilities across four contrasting deltas in Africa and South Asia – drawing on ‘Deltas, vulnerability & Climate Change: Migration and adaptation’ (DECCMA) research plans – in particular focusing on when migration might be an appropriate adaptation, especially for the most vulnerable.

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:
Introduction to DECCMA: the role of migration as an adaptation in deltas
Prof. Robert Nicholls, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Thursday 25 September

Deltas in Depth 4. Coastal systems and wetlands
DD 4.4 Sediment supply, loss and accumulation
09.00-10.45  Goudriaan Room II

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:
Sedimentation in the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta: natural mangrove forest and embanked polders 
PhD Irina Overeem, University of Colorado, USA

Deltas in Depth 4. Coastal systems and wetlands

DD 4.3 Sustainable Deltas 2015 (SD2015) Initiative

09.00-10.45  Penn Room II

Recently the International Council for Science (ICSU) endorsed an initiative called ‘Sustainable Deltas 2015’ (SD2015). This session will give an overview of the state of the art in delta research and research-to-operations, data collection, integrated delta modelling and related international networks (Belmont Forum Deltas, Delta Alliance, LOICZ-IGBP), and their role in the SD2015 initiative. The presentations will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to comment upon the objectives of SD2015, and this will be facilitated through a panel discussion.

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:

Tom Bucx, Deltares, the Netherlands; Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, University of Minnesota, USA; Irina Overeem, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA; Steven Goodbred, Vanderbilt University, USA; John Dearing, University of Southampton, UK; Cees van de Guchte, Deltares, the Netherlands (co-organisers of the session, in partnership with Belmont Forum-DELTAS Project, Delta Alliance, LOICZ, CSDMS)

 

The State of deltas in times of climate change: Challenges and Opportunities in Data collection and Integrated Delta Modeling

Irina Overeem, Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

 

Belmont Forum Deltas Project (BF-DELTAS) – to sustain the resilience of deltas

Prof. Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, University of Minnesota, USA

 

Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) – A Focus on the resilience of deltas worldwide

R. Ramachandran, Chair LOICZ, Germany

 

 

Deltas in Practice Theme 6. Awareness, capacity building and community resilience

DP 6.1 Resilient adaptation: how to practice what is preached

9.00-10.45  Antwerp Room

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:

Panel: Prof. Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, University of Minnesota, USA

 

 

Deltas in Depth 10. Economics and finance of adaptation

DD 10.3 Evaluation of adaptation tools

13.30-15.15  Diamond Room II

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:

Design of assessment frameworks for delta adaptations – experiences from the Netherlands and the USA

PhD Marcel Marchand, Deltares, the Netherlands

 

 

Deltas in Practice Theme 2. Adaptation strategies

DP 2.4 Creating and managing subsurface water buffers as a solution for fresh water shortage in coastal areas

13.30-15.15  Antwerp Room

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:

Creating fresh water bubbles in brackish aquifer

Prof. dr. Kazi Matin Ahmed, Dhaka university, Bangladesh

 

 

Deltas in Practice Theme 6. Awareness, capacity building and community resilience

DP 6.4 Deltas and estuaries in peril: towards a global “Community of Practice” on the ecosystem-based-management of deltas under global and climate change

13.30-15.15  Diamond Room I

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:

Impacts of sea level rise on deltas

Robert Nichols, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

 

Panelists:

Dr. Efi Foulafalou, University of Minnesota, USA

Dr. Ramachandran Ramesh, India National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, India

 

 

Deltas in Depth 2. Flood risk management

DD 2.5 Innovations in flood risk analyses

15.45-17.30  Van Oldenbarneveld Room

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:

Spatial and temporal patterns of rainfall and inundation in the Amazon, Ganges, and Mekong deltas

PhD Zachary Tessler, CUNY Environmental CrossRoads Initiative, USA

 

 

Deltas in Depth 6. Rural development and food security

DD 6.2 Strategies to increase food security

15.45-17.30  Leeuwen Room I

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:

Rural development and food insecurity in the Ganges Brahmaputra Delta: Challenges and prospects

Sylvia Szabo, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

 

 

Deltas in Depth 11. Decision support tools and risk assessment

Session DD 11.6 Visualisation and mapping

15.45-17.30  Beurs Lounge

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:

Constructing vulnerability maps of material and energy pathways in deltas

Prof. Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, University of Minnesota, USA

 

 

Deltas in Practice Theme 1. Risk assessment

DP 1.3 How the world’s largest deltas are learning to learn from each other

15.45-17.30  Goudriaan Room II

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:

Delta Alliance: comparative Assessment of 5 new deltas

Tom Bucx, Deltares, the Netherlands

 

The Adaptive Delta Management Approach

Dr. Marcel Marchand, Deltares, the Netherlands

 

 

Belmont Forum DELTAS team evening dinner – details to be confirmed

 

 

Friday 26 September

 

Deltas in Depth Theme 1. Climate projections and extremes

DD 1.4 Changing weather and impacts (1.3 continued)

09.00-10.15  Diamond Room II

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:

Satellite Rainfall Retrieval over Coastal Zones

Prof. Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, University of Minnesota, USA

 

 

Deltas in Depth 8. Disaster reduction and emergencies

DD 8.2 Positive, reality based approaches to regional and global resilience

09.00-10.10.15  Goudriaan Room II

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:

Global delta vulnerability indicator development

PhD Fabrice Renaud, United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security, Germany

 

 

Deltas in Practice Theme 6. Awareness, capacity building and community resilience

DP 6.3 Science-to-Action: aligning science with stakeholder and community needs in the Mekong and other delta systems

09.00-12.00  Van Walsum Room

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:

Session Chair: Prof. Charles J. Vörösmarty, CUNY Environmental CrossRoads Initiative, USA

Session organizer: Dr. Zachary D. Tessler, CUNY Environmental CrossRoads Initiative, USA

 

Water management challenges in the Mekong Delta in a Changing Climate

Dr. Marcel Marchand, Deltares, Netherlands

 

Modelling of delta processes: A web-based toolbox

Dr. Irina Overeem, University of Colorado, USA

 

A water related information system for the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta (WISDOM): Data availability, data gaps, and stakeholder discourse.

Dr. Claudia Kuenzer, German Aerospace Center, Germany

 

Data for vulnerability assessments: Problems of accessibility and availability

Dr. Fabrice Renaud, United Nations University, Germany

Dr. Zita Sebesvari, United Nations University, Germany

 

Dr. Nguyen Van Lap, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Vietnam (tbc)

 

 

Deltas in Depth 4. Poster session: Coastal systems and wetlands

 

Belmont Forum DELTAS contributions to this session are:

 

Sediment Re-circulation in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Estuaries and its implications for Ecosystem Services

PhD Md. Munsur Rahman, Institute of Water and Flood Management, BUET, Bangladesh

 

Human-modified vs. natural landscape dynamics in the Ganges-Brahmaputra tidal delta plain

Carol Wilson, Vanderbilt University, USA