Session outline
Human Geosciences(H)
Session Sub Category Complex & General(CG)
Session ID H-CG11
Title DELTAS: multidisciplinary analyses of complex systems
Short title River DELTAs
Convener Name Yoshiki Saito
Affiliation Geological Survey of Japan, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Co-convener 1. Name Irina Overeem
Affiliation University of Colorado at Boulder
Co-convener 2. Name Paola Passalacqua
Affiliation University of Texas at Austin
Co-convener 3. Name Fabrice Renaud
Affiliation United Nations University
Co-convener 4. Name Kan-Hsi Hsiung
Affiliation JAMSTEC
International Symposium 'International Symposium' in addition to Scientific session.
Language English
Scope Deltas account for approximately 1% of global land area, but are major sinks of sediments from rivers and home to more than 500 million people. They play a key role in global material cycles, agricultural and aquaculture production, food security, and commerce - yet, deltas are amongst the world's most threatened socio-natural systems, a situation projected to amplify in the 21st century due to both natural and anthropogenic impacts on the environment.
This session invites contributions that advance research on deltas as complex systems, develop integrated frameworks for delta dynamics modeling on various time-scales, explore quantitative metrics of vulnerability and resilience of social-ecological systems, promote data collection and sharing for advancing science and local solutions, consider policy and governance issues linked to the sustainable development of deltas, and use in-situ and satellite data for guiding modeling and risk assessment. Analysis of current challenges under projected scenarios of change of specific deltas, and knowledge gaps in science, data, and management/policy to achieve pathways to desired delta futures are especially welcome.
This session contributes to the International Council of Science (ICSU)"Sustainable Deltas 2015" initiative aiming to promote international scientific collaboration, knowledge and data exchange, and foster science-policy interactions for a sustainable future of threatened deltas and "Future Earth".
Type of presentation Oral and Poster presentation
Invited papers Matthias Garschagen (the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security)