Monday 25 Jun 2018
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Catch Mekong Project Tasks

The Catch-Mekong project focuses on two of the most pressing topics in the Mekong Delta, i.e. saltwater intrusion and long-term delta system stability under consideration of upstream developments. A German consortium of four research institutes and two companies jointly works together with a Vietnamese consortium covering the fields of hydrology, hydraulic engineering, remote sensing, geography, sensor development, and information technology. First, changes in hydrology and sedimentation within the entire Mekong river system as result of upstream developments related to climate, land use dynamics, and hydropower dams are assessed as prerequisite for analysing the down-stream consequences in the Delta (WP 2000).The core project’s work comprises multidisciplinary research activities in the Mekong Delta. Acquired data from satellites, field campaigns, and custom-built measurement stations are used in combination with hydro-dynamic models to answer the most pressing research questions on salt-water intrusion (WP 3000), bed load transport, and riverbank/coastal stability (WP 4000)in the Mekong Delta under considerations of changing upstream conditions. Finally the project sets up a web-based information system, the „Mekong Knowledge Hub“ (WP 5000), to provide easy and direct access to all information for researchers, planners, and authorities


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