Catalyzing action towards the sustainability of deltas

Brondizio, Eduardo, Foufoula-Georgiou, Efi, Szabo, Sylvia, Vogt, Nathan, Sebesvari, Zita, Renaud, Fabrice G., Newton, Alice, Anthony, Edward, Mansur, Andressa V., Matthews, Zoe, Hetrick, Scott, Costa, Sandra M., Tessler, Zachary, Tejedor, Alejandro, Longjas, Anthony and Dearing, John A., (2016). Catalyzing action towards the sustainability of deltas. Sustainability Science, 19 182-194

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    Author Brondizio, Eduardo
    Foufoula-Georgiou, Efi
    Szabo, Sylvia
    Vogt, Nathan
    Sebesvari, Zita
    Renaud, Fabrice G.
    Newton, Alice
    Anthony, Edward
    Mansur, Andressa V.
    Matthews, Zoe
    Hetrick, Scott
    Costa, Sandra M.
    Tessler, Zachary
    Tejedor, Alejandro
    Longjas, Anthony
    Dearing, John A.
    Title Catalyzing action towards the sustainability of deltas
    Appearing in Sustainability Science
    Volume 19
    Publication Date 2016-04
    Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Publisher Elsevier B.V.
    Start page 182
    End page 194
    Language eng
    Abstract Deltaic systems are among the most dynamic and productive environments on Earth and many have a high population density. Deltas play a central role in food and water security but are increasingly facing hazards such as submergence, riverine and coastal flooding, and coastal erosion. This paper synthesizes efforts of the Belmont Forum Deltas project, an international network of interdisciplinary research collaboration with focal areas in the Mekong, the Ganges Brahmaputra, and the Amazon deltas. The inherent complexity and dearth of knowledge about deltas require disciplinary expertise to advance jointly with interdisciplinary collaboration. An overarching research framework articulates focal research areas and collaborative modules, serving as an umbrella for both crosscutting and specific research questions. These modules have allowed for common definition of goals, responsibilities, and products, but flexible and decentralized disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations. Self-organization within and across areas of expertise has proven effective in bringing collaborators to commit to specific efforts. Knowledge co-production workshops focusing on vulnerability and risk have successfully strengthened interactions with regional organizations. As a distributed network, challenges remain in terms of type of and level of interaction and hands-on collaborative work among research partners, including joint fieldwork, but successes far outweigh difficulties. To illustrate these points, we present a review of three research domains built upon different arrangements of disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations: advancing biophysical classifications of deltas, understanding deltas as coupled social–ecological systems, and analyzing and informing social and environmental vulnerabilities in delta regions.
    UNBIS Thesaurus DELTAS
    Keyword Sustainability
    Mekong delta
    Ganges Brahmaputra Delta
    Amazon Delta
    Copyright Holder Elsevier B.V.
    Copyright Year 2016
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 18773435
    DOI 10.1016/j.cosust.2016.05.001
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