Articles | Volume 372
Proc. IAHS, 372, 179–182, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-372-179-2015
Proc. IAHS, 372, 179–182, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/piahs-372-179-2015

  12 Nov 2015

12 Nov 2015

Future Deltas Utrecht University research focus area: towards sustainable management of sinking deltas

E. Stouthamer and S. van Asselen E. Stouthamer and S. van Asselen
  • Dept. of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Abstract. Deltas are increasingly under pressure from human impact and climate change. To deal with these pressures that threat future delta functioning, we need to understand interactions between physical, biological, chemical and social processes in deltas. This requires an integrated approach, in which knowledge on natural system functioning is combined with knowledge on spatial planning, land and water governance and legislative frameworks. In the research focus area Future Deltas of Utrecht University an interdisciplinary team from different research groups therefore works together. This allows developing integrated sustainable and resilient delta management strategies, which is urgently needed to prevent loss of vital delta services.

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Deltas are increasingly under pressure from human impact and climate change. Ensuring future delta life requires sustainable management of deltas. Future Deltas is an interdisciplinary research program of Utrecht University, The Netherlands, with an international focus. It aims to understand drivers of change in deltas, predict impacts and optimize solutions and importantly contributes to the development of integrated sustainable and resilient delta management strategies.