PhD defence

The Mekong's future flows: Quantifying hydrological changes and developing adaptation options

PhD candidate PL (Long) Hoang MSc
Promotor prof.dr. HBJ (Rik) Leemans
prof.dr. P (Pavel) Kabat
Co-promotor prof.dr. F (Fulco) Ludwig
dr. MTH (Michelle) van Vliet
Organisation Wageningen University, Water Systems and Global Change

Wed 12 April 2017 16:00 to 17:30

Venue Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen
This multidisciplinary study focuses on projecting and adapting to future hydrological changes in the Mekong – an international river of global significance in terms of increasing human pressures and climate change vulnerability. The modelling assessments show substantial basin-wide flow changes under climate change, irrigation and hydropower developments, and higher flood hazards in the downstream Mekong Delta. A combined qualitative-quantitative adaptation appraisal was further implemented to develop measures and strategies to adapt to the increasing flood hazards. This study addresses the needs for adequate responses to hydrological changes in a typical international river experiencing climate change and rapid socioeconomic developments.