Having Put Sinking Deltas In The Spotlight, How Can Geophysical And Social Scientists Unite To Provide Analytical Guidance For Decision-makers? (Panel)

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Session ID#: 25928

Session Description:
Alarm bells on sinking cities have been rightfully ringing from the Mississippi River Delta and all over the world. Though deltas may naturally subside, human activities (e.g. extraction of groundwater and hydrocarbon resources, construction of dikes, dams) cause and exacerbate subsidence. The associated impacts of subsidence are severe as characterised by the frequent floods of Jakarta or the increased inundation depths in the Mekong Delta. Though geoscientific research has been instrumental in raising awareness for the severity and underlying processes of sinking deltas (e.g., Renaud, Syvytski, Giosan, Szabo), much less effort and thought have been put into effective responses for decision-makers. Moving into the fuzzy worlds of people, institutions and decision-making, links with social sciences are needed to effectively design and implement policies and plans of decision-makers. We therefore propose a panel session with invited panelists and an associated contributed poster session to exchange views how geophysical and social scientists can unite to come to effective, analytically-informed management responses in sinking deltas.
Primary Convener:  Chris Seijger, IHE Delft, Delft, Netherlands
Conveners:  Gilles Erkens, University of Utrecht and Delares, Department of Physical Geography, Utrecht, Netherlands, Gerald Jan Ellen, Deltares, Delft, Netherlands and Denise Reed, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Index Terms:

5419 Hydrology and fluvial processes [PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLID SURFACE PLANETS]
6319 Institutions [POLICY SCIENCES]
6620 Science policy [PUBLIC ISSUES]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Chris Seijger1, Stephanie Janssen2 and Gilles Erkens2, (1)UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, Netherlands, (2)Deltares, Delft, Netherlands
Gerald Jan Ellen, Deltares, Delft, Netherlands and Saskia Hommes, Deltares, Urban Water and Soilmanagement, Utrecht, Netherlands
G Mathias Kondolf1, Rafael J. P. Schmitt1, Paul A Carling2, Stephen E Darby3, Mauricio Eduardo Arias4, Simone Bizzi5, Andrea Castelletti6, Thomas A Cochrane7, Stanford Gibson8, Matti Kummu9, Chantha Oeurng10, Zan Rubin1 and Thomas Bernard Wild11, (1)University of California Berkeley, Center for Environmental Design Research, Berkeley, CA, United States, (2)Univ Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom, (3)Univ Southhampton, Southhampton, United Kingdom, (4)Harvard University, Kennedy School of Goverment and Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Cambridge, MA, United States, (5)Politecnico di Milano, Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering, Milan, Italy, (6)Politecnico di Milano, Milano, 20133, Italy, (7)University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, (8)US Army Corps of Engineers, HEC, Davis, CA, United States, (9)Aalto University, Aalto, Finland, (10)Tucson, AZ, United States, (11)Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States