Deltas at Risk

The Delta at Risk study is a global, systematic assessment of how delta risk is increasing due to sea-level rise and human drivers of delta land subsidence. Risk is expected to increase greatly due to relative sea-level rise in deltas. Relative sea-level rise (the combination of offshore sea-level rise and coastal land subsidence) will have a large impact on coastal communities due to coastal flooding. Wealthy countries however have a greater social capacity and wealth to mitigate against such hazards but the economic costs is high. The study utilizes decade-to-century economic trend forecasts to estimate the varying impact on delta risk across each delta system. Efforts to address the root causes of land subsidence in the near-term are critical for long-term sustainability.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Dataset topic category
  • Climate change
  • Community fisheries
  • Floods
  • Rivers and lakes
  • English
Use limitations There are no specified access use and constraints.
Dataset reference date 2015-08-05
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Philippines
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Christmas Island
  • Timor-Leste
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Positional Accuracy There are no know issues with accuracy
Logical Consistency There are no known issues with logical consistency
Completeness There are no known issues with completeness.
Process Step The dataset was downloaded directly from Deltas at Risk and was not edited. For details of the study please refer to the the research paper cited in the sources and available for download here:
Lineage Z.D. Tessler, C.J. Vörösmarty, M. Grossberg, I. Gladkova, H. Aizenman, J.P.M. Syvitski, E. Foufoula-Georgiou. Profiling Risk and Sustainability in Coastal Deltas of the World. Science 349(6248), 638-643 (2015).
Responsible party Deltas at Risk Email: Web:
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Version 1.0
Date uploaded September 27, 2016, 20:31 (UTC)
Date modified September 28, 2016, 09:52 (UTC)