Sustainable deltas in the Anthropocene

R. J. Nicholls, W. Neil Adger, Craig W. Hutton, Susan E. Hanson, Atilla N. Lazar, Katharine Vincent, Andrew Allan, Emma L. Tompkins, Inaki Arto, Munsur Rahman, Sugata Hazra, Samuel Codjoe

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What are the possible trajectories of delta development over the coming decades? Trajectories will be determined by the interactions of biophysical trends such as changing sediment supplies, subsidence due to compaction of sediment and climate change, along with key socio-economic trends of migration and urbanisation, agricultural intensification, demographic transition, economic growth and structural change of the economy. Knowledge and understanding of plausible trajectories can inform management choices for deltas in the Anthropocene, including new policy perspectives and innovative adaptation. The emergence of visionary delta management plans in some large deltas, such as the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, is an important and necessary component. This chapter synthesises the state of knowledge and highlights key elements of science that will inform decisions on future management of deltas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeltas in the Anthropocene
Editorsrobert nicholls
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter11
Pages247-279
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-23516-1
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Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2019

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    Lazar, A. N., Hanson, S. E., Nicholls, R. J., Allan, A., Hutton, C. W., Salehin, M. & Kebede, A. S., 29 Aug 2019, Deltas in the Anthropocene. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 223-245

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    Nicholls, R. J., Adger, W. N., Hutton, C. W., Hanson, S. E., Lazar, A. N., Vincent, K., Allan, A., Tompkins, E. L., Arto, I., Rahman, M., Hazra, S., & Codjoe, S. (2019). Sustainable deltas in the Anthropocene. In R. nicholls (Ed.), Deltas in the Anthropocene (pp. 247-279). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23517-8