Large-scale study of the causes and consequences of land subsidence
In collaboration with Dutch and Vietnamese organisations, we have initiated a large-scale study of the causes and consequences of land subsidence in the Mekong Delta. The aim is to identify the various forces driving land subsidence, to establish a 3D model of the subsurface and to develop a tool for predicting land subsidence. Hydrological processes and the interaction between land subsidence and the salinisation of groundwater and surface water will also be covered.
Toolbox for local government authorities and stakeholders
During the study, which will take four years, we will develop a toolbox for local government authorities and stakeholders that will allow them to assess different water-management scenarios with the aim of keeping the area safe and habitable in a sustainable way. In this way, we hope to establish an integrated approach to looking at land subsidence from different perspectives so that it can also be used in other deltas throughout the world.