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Vulnerability assessments of coastal river deltas - categorization and review

Wolters, Michel and Künzer, Claudia (2015) Vulnerability assessments of coastal river deltas - categorization and review. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 3/2015 (3/2015), pp. 1-24. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s11852-015-0396-6 ISBN 1400-0350 ISSN 1400-0350

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Coastal river deltas are densely populated areas and hotspots of vulnerability. The delta’s ecological, social, and economic components are vulnerable to a wide variety of natural and anthropogenic threats. Sea level rise, climate variability, and rapid socio-economic development exert pressure on the already highly dynamic regions. To protect river deltas and their components, it is necessary to assess the degree of vulnerability so that mitigation efforts can be recommended to stakeholders and policy makers. Many such vulnerability assessments have been undertaken for river deltas. However, as vulnerability and related terms, such as resilience, coping-, and adaptive capacity only entered geosciences in the past decades, these terms are often used ambiguously. This makes it hard to compare existing studies, which not only interpret the related terms differently, but also consider completely different threats to deltas and their components, at different spatial and temporal scales. A comprehensive overview of studies addressing vulnerability of river deltas is missing. This paper presents a review, based on a consolidated set of definitions of vulnerability and related concepts in the context of coastal river deltas. All studies reviewed were categorized depending on their focus on either the ecologic, social, or economic component of river deltas, and were classified according to their spatial scale, temporal resolution, and numerous other research characteristics. Clear trends on dominant research foci in the field of river delta vulnerability could be extracted. Additionally, based on the findings presented here,recommendations for future assessments considering existing research gaps, are formulated.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/96775/
Document Type:Article
Title:Vulnerability assessments of coastal river deltas - categorization and review
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Wolters, Michelmichel.wolters (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Künzer, ClaudiaClaudia.Kuenzer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Coastal Conservation
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1007/s11852-015-0396-6
Page Range:pp. 1-24
Keywords:Coastal river deltas, estuaries, vulnerability, resilience, review Resilience . Review
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Fernerkundung der Landoberfläche (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Künzer, Dr. Claudia
Deposited On:30 Jun 2015 09:46
Last Modified:30 Jun 2015 09:46

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