Project Annual Reports

BF Deltas Year 3 Progress Report: 2015–2016

NSF Year 3 Annual Report: 2015-2016

BF Deltas Year 2 Progress Report: 2014–2015

NSF Year 2 Annual Report: 2014-2015

BF Deltas Year 1 Progress Report: 2013–2014

NSF Year 1 Annual Report: 2013-2014


Refereed Journal Publications


Brondizio, E.S., E. Foufoula-Georgiou, S. Szabo, N. Vogt, Z. Sebesvari, F. G. Renaud, A. Newton, E. Anthony, A. V. Mansur, Z. Matthews, S. Hetrick, S. M. Costa, Z. D. Tessler, A. Tejedor, A. Longjas, and J. A. Dearing (2016), Catalysing Action Towards the Sustainability of Deltas, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 19, 182-194.

Brondizio, E. S., N. D. Vogt, A. V. Mansur, E. J. Anthony, S. Costa, and S. Hetrick (2016), A conceptual framework for analyzing deltas as coupled social–ecological systems: an example from the Amazon River Delta, Sustainability Science, 11(4), 591-609. [Special Issue: Sustainable Deltas: Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, and Policy Implications]

de Araujo Barbosa, C. C., Atkinson, P. M., and  J. A. Dearing (2016), Extravagance in the commons: Resource exploitation and the frontiers of ecosystem service depletion in the Amazon estuaryScience of the Total Environment, 550, 6–16.

de Araujo Barbosa, C. C., J. Dearing, S. Szabo, S. Hossain, N. T. Binh, D. K. Nhan, and Z. Matthews (2016), Evolutionary social and biogeophysical changes in the Amazon, Ganges–Brahmaputra–Meghna and Mekong deltas, Sustainability Science, 11(4), 555-574. [Special Issue: Sustainable Deltas: Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, and Policy Implications]

Gratiot, N. and E.J. Anthony (2016), Role of flocculation and settling processes in development of the mangrove-colonized, Amazon-influenced mud-bank coast of South AmericaMarine Geology, 373, 1-10.

Mansur, A. V., E. S. Brondízio, S. Roy, S. Hetrick, N. Vogt, and A. Newton (2016), An assessment of urban vulnerability in the Amazon delta and estuary: a multi-criterion index of flood exposure, socio-economic conditions and infrastructureSustainability Science, 11(4), 625-643, doi: 10.1007/s11625-016-0355-7. [Special Issue: Sustainable Deltas: Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, and Policy Implications]

Renaud, F. G., S. Szabo, and Z. Matthews (2016), Sustainable deltas: livelihoods, ecosystem services, and policy implications, Sustainability Science, 11(4), 519-523, doi:10.1007/s11625-016-0380-6. [Special Issue: Sustainable Deltas: Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, and Policy Implications]

Sebesvari, Z., Foufoula-Georgiou, E., Harrison, I., Brondizio, E.S., Bucx, T., Dearing, J.A., Ganguly, D., Ghosh, T., Goodbred, S.L., Hagenlocher, M., Hajra, R., Kuenzer, C., Mansur, A.V., Matthews, Z., Nicholls, R.J., Nielsen, K., Overeem, I., Purvaja, R., Rahman, Md.M., Ramesh, R., Renaud, F.G., Robin, R.S., Subba Reddy, B., Singh, G., Szabo, S., Tessler, Z.D., van de Guchte, C., Vogt, N. and Wilson, C.A., Imperatives for sustainable delta futures. Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) 2016 Science Brief.

Sebesvari, Z., F. G. Renaud, S. Haas, Z. D. Tessler, M. Hagenlocher, J. Kloos, S. Szabo, A. Tejedor, and C. Kuenzer (2016), A review of vulnerability indicators for deltaic social–ecological systems, Sustainability Science11(4), 575-590. [Special Issue: Sustainable Deltas: Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, and Policy Implications]

Szabo S., E. S. Brondizio, S. Hetrick, F. G. Renaud, R. J. Nicholls, Z. Matthews, Z. D. Tessler, A. Tejedor, Z. Sebesvari, E. Foufoula-Georgiou, S. Costa, and J. A. Dearing (2016), Population dynamics, delta vulnerability and environmental change: Comparison of the Mekong, Ganges-Brahmaputra and Amazon delta regions, Sustainability Science, 11(4), 539-554, doi: 10.1007/s11625-016-0372-6. [Special Issue: Sustainable Deltas: Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, and Policy Implications]

Szabo S., R. Hajra, A. Baschieri, and Z. Matthews (2016), Inequalities in Human Well-Being in the Urban Ganges Brahmaputra Meghna Delta, Sustainability, 8, 604, doi: 10.3390/su8070608

Tejedor, A., A. Longjas, R. Caldwell, D. Edmonds, I. Zaliapin, and E. Foufoula-Georgiou (2016) Quantifying the signature of sediment composition on the topologic and dynamic complexity of river delta channel networks and inferences towards delta classification, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL068210.

Tessler Z. D., C. J. Vörösmarty, M. Grossberg, I. Gladkova, and H. Aizenman (2016),  A global empirical typology of anthropogenic drivers of environmental change in deltas,  Sustainability Science, 11(4), 525-537, doi: 10.1007/s11625-016-0357-5.  [Special Issue: Sustainable Deltas: Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, and Policy Implications]

Vogt, N., M. Pinedo-Vasquez, E. S. Brondizio, F. G. Rabelo, K. Fernandes, O. Almeida, S. Riveiro, P. J. Deadman, and Y. Dou (2016).  Local ecological knowledge and incremental adaptation to changing flood patterns in the Amazon deltaSustainability Science, 11(4), 611-623, doi: 10.1007/s11625-015-0352-2.  [Special Issue: Sustainable Deltas: Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, and Policy Implications]

Wolters, M.L., Z. Sun, C. Huang, and C. Kuenzer (2016)Environmental awareness and vulnerability in the Yellow River Delta: Results based on a comprehensive household surveyOcean & Coastal Management 120, 1-10.


Anthony, E. J., Wave influence in the construction, shaping and destruction of river deltas: A reviewMar. Geol., 361, 53-78, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2014.12.004, 2015.

Anthony, E. J., G. Brunier, M. Besset, M. Goichot, P. Dussouillez and V. L. Nguyen, Linking rapid erosion of the Mekong River delta to human activities, Scientific Reports 5, Article no.14745 (2015) doi:10.1038/srep14745.

Auerbach, L. W., S. L. Goodbred Jr, D. R. Mondal, C. A. Wilson, K. R. Ahmed, K. Roy, M. S. Steckler, C. Small, J. M. Gilligan, and B. A. Ackerly, Flood risk of natural and embanked landscapes on the Ganges-Brahmaputra tidal delta plainNature Clim. Change, 5, 153-157, doi:10.1038/nclimate2472, 2015.

Brown, S. and  R.J. Nicholls, Subsidence and human influences in mega deltas: The case of the Ganges–Brahmaputra–Meghna. Science of The Total Environment, 527–528, 362–374, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.124.

Davis, A., Matthews, Z., Szabo, S. and Fogstad, H., Measuring the SDGs: a two-track solutionLancet 386 (9990), 221-222, 2015.

Gardner, R.C., S. Barchiesi, C. Beltrame, C.M. Finlayson, T. Galewski, I. Harrison, M. Paganini, C. Perennou, D.E. Pritchard, A. Rosenqvist, and M. Walpole, State of the World’s Wetlands and their Services to People: A compilation of recent analyses. Ramsar Briefing Note no. 7. Gland, Switzerland: Ramsar Convention Secretariat.

Hossain, Md. S., J. A. Dearing, M. M. Rahman, and M. Salehin, Recent changes in ecosystem services and human well-being in the Bangladesh coastal zoneReg. Environ. Change, 1436-3798, doi: 10.1007/s10113-014-0748-z, 2015.

Hossain, Md. S., F. A. Johnson, J. A. Dearing, and F. Eigenbrod, Recent changes of human well-being in the Bangladesh deltaEnvironmental Development, Available online 26 September 2015.

Klein, I., A. Dietz, U. Gessner, S. Dech, and C. Kuenzer, Results of the Global WaterPack: a novel product to assess inland water body dynamics on a daily basisRemote Sensing Letters, 6(1), 78-87, doi: 10.1080/2150704X.2014.1002945, 2015.

Nguyen, D. B., K. Clauss, S. Cao, V. Naeimi, C. Kuenzer, and W. Wagner. Mapping Rice Seasonality in the Mekong Delta with Multi-Year Envisat ASAR WSM DataRemote Sensing 7, 15868–15893; doi:10.3390/rs71215808.

Ottinger, M. K. Clauss, and C. Kuenzer. Aquaculture: Relevance, distribution, impacts and spatial assessments - A reviewOcean & Coastal Management 119 (2016) 244-266.

Pittock, J., M. Finlayson, D. Roux, A. Arthington, H. Biggs, E. Blom, R. Flitcroft, R. Froend, I. Harrison, V. Hermoso, W. Junk, R. Kumar, S. Linke, J. Nel, C.N. da Cunha, A. Pattnaik, S. Pollard, W. Rast, M. Thieme, E. Turak, J. Turpie, L. van Niekerk, D. Willems and J. Viers. Managing Fresh Water, River, Wetland And Coastal Estuary Based Protected Areas . In: Worboys, G.L., M. Lockwood, A. Kothari, S. Feary, & I. Pulsford (eds), Protected Area Governance and Management pp. 569-608. ANU Press, Canberra.

Ramesh, R., Z. Chen, V. Cummins, J. Day, C. D’Elia, B. Dennison, D.L. Forbes, B. Glaeser, M. Glaser, B. Glavovic, H. Kremer, M. Lange, J.N. Larsen, M. Le Tissier, A. Newton, M. Pelling, R. Purvaja, and E. Wolanski. Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone: Past, present & future. Anthropocene 12, 85-98.

Szabo, S., D. Begum, S. Ahmad, Z. Matthews, and P. K. Stretfield, T. McGowan (ed.), Scenarios of population change in the coastal Ganges Brahmaputra Delta (2011-2051). Southampton, GB, ESRC Centre for Population Change (ESRC Centre for Population Change Working Paper Series, 61), 2015.

Szabo, S., Hajra, R., Baschieri, A., Matthews, Z., Inequalities in human well-being in the urban Ganges Brahmaputra Delta: Implications for Sustainable Development, University of Southampton, CPC working paper 67, 2015.

Szabo, S., Hossain, S., Adger, N., Matthews, Z., Ahmed, S., Lazar, A., Ahmad, S., Soil salinity, household wealth and food insecurity in tropical deltas: evidence from south-west coast of BangladeshSustainability Science, 1-11, 2015.

Szabo, S, Renaud, F., Hossain, S., Sebesvári , Z., Matthews, Z., Foufoula-Georgiou , E. and Nicholls, R.J., Sustainable Development Goals Offer New Opportunities for Tropical Delta RegionsEnvironment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 57, (4), 16-23, 2015.

Tejedor, A., A. Longjas, I. Zaliapin, and E. Foufoula-Georgiou, Delta Channel Networks: 1. A graph-theoretic approach for studying connectivity and steady-state transport on deltaic surfacesWater Resour. Res., doi: 10.1002/2014WR016577, 2015.

Tejedor, A., A. Longjas, I. Zaliapin, and E. Foufoula-Georgiou, Delta Channel Networks: 2. Metrics of topologic and dynamic complexity for delta comparison, physical inference and vulnerability assessmentWater Resour. Res., doi: 10.1002/2014WR016604, 2015.

Tessler, Z. D., Vörösmarty, C. J., Grossberg, M., Gladkova, I., Aizenman, H., Syvitski, J. P. M. and E. Foufoula-Georgiou, Profiling Risk and Sustainability in Coastal Deltas of the WorldScience, 349 (6248) 638-643, DOI:10.1126/science.aab3574, 2015.

Vogt, N. D., Pinedo-Vasquez, M., Brondízio, E.S ., Almeida, O., and Rivero, S. Forest Transitions in Mosaic Landscapes: Smallholder's Flexibility in Land Resource Use Decisions and Livelihood Strategies From World War II to the Present in the Amazon Estuary. Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, 28, (10), 1043-1058. doi:10.1080/08941920.2015.10146032015. 2015

Wilson, C. A., and S. L. Goodbred Jr, Construction and Maintenance of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta: Linking Process, Morphology, and Stratigraphy, Annu. Rev. Mar. Sci., 7, 67-88, doi: 10.1146/annurev-marine-010213-135032, 2015.

Zhang, K., J. A. Dearing, T. P. Dawson, X. Dong, X. Yang, and W. Zhang, Poverty alleviation strategies in eastern China lead to critical ecological dynamics, Science of The Total Environment, 506-507, 164-181, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.096, 2015.


Anthony, E. J., N. Marriner, and C. Morhange, Human influence and the changing geomorphology of Mediterranean deltas and coasts over the last 6000 years: From progradation to destruction phase?Earth-Sci. Rev., 139, 336-361, doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.10.003, 2014.

Brunier, G., E. J. Anthony, M. Goichot, M. Provansal, and P. Dussouillez, Recent morphological changes in the Mekong and Bassac river channels, Mekong delta: The marked impact of river-bed mining and implications for delta destabilisationGeomorphology, 224, 177-191, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.07.009, 2014.

Kuenzer, C., M. Ottinger, G. Liu, B. Sun, R. Baumhauer, and S. Dech, Earth observation-based coastal zone monitoring of the Yellow River Delta: Dynamics in China's second largest oil producing region over four decades, Appl. Geogr., 55, 92-107, doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.08.015, 2014.

Kuenzer, C., M. Ottinger, M. Wegmann, H. Guo, C. Wang, J. Zhang, S. Dech, and M. Wikelski, Earth observation satellite sensors for biodiversity monitoring: potentials and bottlenecks, Int. J. Remote Sens., 35(17-18), 6599-6647, doi:10.1080/01431161.2014.964349, 2014.



Anthony, E.J., A. Gardel and N. Gratiot, Fluvial sediment supply, mud banks, cheniers and the morphodynamics of the coast of South America between the Amazon and Orinoco river mountsGeological Sociaty, London, Special Publications, 388, 533-560, doi: 10.1144/SP388.8, 2013.

Foufoula-Georgiou, E., I. Overeem, Y. Saito, S. Dech, C. Kuenzer, S. Goodbred, I. Harrison, E. Anthony, E. Brondizio, J. Hutton, R. Nicholls, Z. Matthews, J. Dearing, A. Lazar, A. Baschieri, A. Newton, R. Ramachandran, F. Renaud, Z. Sebesvari, C. Vorosmarty, Z. Tessler, S. Costa, K. M. Ahmed, M. M. Rahman, G. Lintern, P. Van Cappellen, H. Durr, S. Gao, M. Marchand, T. Bucx, V. L. Nguyen, M. Goichot, C. Paola, D. Mohrig, and R. Twilley, A vision for a coordinated international effort on delta sustainability, in Deltas: Landforms, Ecosystems and Human Activities, edited by G. Young & G.M.E. Perillo, IAHS Publ. 358, 3-11, 2013.




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