Several members of the DELTAS team are involved in complementary research programs that support the DELTAS project objectives. Several programs and projects apply overall to the goals and objectives of the DELTAS project, but many synergies revolve around the demonstration sites - learn more below!
Overall Programs and Potential Research Connections:
Deltas at Risk (Connected Researcher: Zachary Tessler): The Deltas at Risk workgroup includes partners from City University of New York, University of Colorado, and University of Minnesota. The team has developed a global, systematic assessment of how delta risk is increasing due to sea-level rise and anthropogenic drivers of delta land subsidence.
GEO BON (Connected Researcher: Ian Harrison): The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network – GEO BON – aims to organize and improve terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity observations globally and make their biodiversity data, information and forecasts more readily accessible to policymakers, managers, experts and other users.
Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel (Connected Researcher: Ian Harrison): A subsidiary body of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands to provide scientific and technical guidance, and provide on the ground support to Ramsar National Focal Points (NFPs) and wetland managers. The STRP is working with Wetlands International, GEO BON, Conservation International and other partners to develop a Global Wetlands Observing System (GWOS) – a network of wetlands data and information.
DIVERSITAS (Connected Researcher: Ian Harrison): DIVERSITAS is an international programme of biodiversity science with a dual mission: 1) Promoting, facilitating and conducting integrative biodiversity science, that links biological, ecological and social disciplines; and 2)Providing the sound scientific basis for decisionmaking to secure the planet’s variety of life, while contributing to human well-being and poverty eradication.
Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta Research Connections:
The DELTAS project involves two partners from Bangladesh: Profs. K. Matin Ahmed (University of Dhaka) and M. Rahman (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology). Furthermore, the DELTAS project will engage with several ongoing research projects on the GBMD, many of which involve other Bangladeshi institutions that ensure the use of project results through education and further research.
EPSA Deltas (Connected Researcher: Robert Nicholls): With a full title of "Assessing Health, Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation in Populous Deltas," this project aims to provide policy makers with the knowledge and tools to enable them to evaluate the effects of policy decisions on people's livelihoods.
BanglaPIRE (Connected Researchers: Irina Overeem and Steve Goodbred): Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), BanglaPIRE is aimed at understanding the role of active tectonic deformation and seismic hazards in defining river channel behavior and evolution of the delta system.
ISEE-Bangladesh (Connected Researcher: Steve Goodbred): The ISEE-Bangladesh project joins social scientists, physical scientists, and engineers to investigate the critical interactions between natural and human systems that motivate the movement of large numbers of people.
Mekong Delta Research Connections:
The DELTAS consortium includes two partners from Vietnam (Drs. V.L. Nguyen and T. K. Oanh of Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Resources Geography, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology) who have been very active in research and education on the evolution of the MRD. Recent research on the MRD by the German, Japanese and French consortium partners in collaboration with our Vietnamese partners has nurtured strong links with provincial and district authorities throughout the delta, as well as with a wide range of national actors interested in the fate of the MRD such as the Vietnam Rivers Network (VRN), and the Centre for Research on the Development of the Mekong Delta. Furthermore, German partners of the consortium have extensive links with research institutes under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), as well as to all provincial offices of the ministries. Additional links to the Vietnamese National Mekong Committee (VNMC) and think-tanks in the delta – such as Can Tho University (CTU) - will assure the bringing together of MRD stakeholders at all levels through a participatory approach. These links also constitute a network for disseminating the DELTAS project results, and will ensure their consideration in decision-making.
Two consortium PIs (E. Anthony and E. Brondizio) have complementary long-term research programs in collaboration with regional and national researchers and institutions. The DELTAS project provides an excellent opportunity to harness these efforts by linking Anthony’s work on shoreline dynamics with Brondizio’s work on human adaptation, socio-demographic dynamics and land use change. Since the late 1980s, Brondizio has worked in collaboration with the Federal University of Pará (UFPa), EMBRAPA-CPATU (Federal Agropastoral Research Center), and the NGO IPAM (Amazonian Research Institute) on the impact of development projects and global markets on land use change. Current collaborative research includes the project “Socio-Cultural Adaptations of Caboclos in the Amazon Estuary of Brazil to Extreme Tidal Events” coordinated by Brondizio’s collaborators at UFPa Profs. O. Almeida and S. Rivero and funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada. DELTAS collaborator Sandra Costa from the University of Vale do Paraiba (UNIVAP) and Brondizio are currently studying rural-urban migration and the growth of urban areas in the Amazon estuary with support from DELTAS partner institution FAPESP to Costa at UNIVAP. As part of these projects the BF team will have access to assembled historical census data (demography, infrastructure, social and economic indicators), historical remote sensing data, and longitudinal household surveys of riverine populations in different parts of the Amazon estuary. The DELTAS team will also use and further develop an Agent-Based Model of coupled socio-demographic and land use decisions for the region that will inform Delta-RADS scenario activities.