International Year of Deltas 2013: A proposal uri icon

abstract

  • Marine and lacustrine deltas around the world are economic and environmental hot spots. They occupy approximately 1% of the Earthapos;s land area but are home to more than 500 million peoplea population density more than 10 times the world average (Ericson et al., 2006)all within 5 meters of sea level (Overeem and Syvitski, 2009). This high density is supported by high productivity, rich biodiversity, and transport along a network of waterways. Yet deltaic systems are some of the worldapos;s most delicate and vulnerable natural systems, residing at the boundary between land and water, and are subject to upstream human control, local resource exploration, and climatic impacts

publication date

  • 2011
  • 2011