The Mekong Delta System

Interdisciplinary Analyses of a River Delta

  • Fabrice G. Renaud
  • Claudia Kuenzer

Part of the Springer Environmental Science and Engineering book series (SPRINGERENVIRON)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Deltas Under Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Fabrice G. Renaud, Claudia Kuenzer
      Pages 3-5
  3. Water and Development in the Mekong Delta

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Matthias Garschagen, Javier Revilla Diez, Dang Kieu Nhan, Frauke Kraas
      Pages 83-132
    3. Florian Moder, Claudia Kuenzer, Zengrang Xu, Patrick Leinenkugel, Bui Van Quyen
      Pages 133-165
    4. Gabi Waibel, Simon Benedikter, Nadine Reis, Sven Genschick, Loan Nguyen, Pham Cong Huu et al.
      Pages 167-198
  4. Water Resources and Related Risks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Frank Wagner, Vuong Bui Tran, Fabrice G. Renaud
      Pages 201-220
    3. Heiko Apel, Nguyen Nghia Hung, Trinh Thi Long, Vo Khac Tri
      Pages 221-232
    4. Jose Miguel Delgado, Bruno Merz, Heiko Apel
      Pages 233-244
    5. Jörn Birkmann, Matthias Garschagen, Vo Van Tuan, Nguyen Thanh Binh
      Pages 245-289
  5. Water and Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Ian C. Campbell
      Pages 293-313
    3. Zita Sebesvari, Huong Thi Thu Le, Pham Van Toan, Ute Arnold, Fabrice G. Renaud
      Pages 331-361
  6. Water Knowledge and Information

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 395-395
    2. Solvay Gerke, Hans-Dieter Evers, Bui The Cuong, Tatjana Bauer, Judith Ehlert
      Pages 397-421
    3. Verena Klinger, Thilo Wehrmann, Steffen Gebhardt, Claudia Kuenzer
      Pages 423-443
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 459-463

About this book


This book about the Mekong Delta presents a unique collection of state-of-the-art contributions by international experts from different scientific disciplines about the characteristics and pressing water-related challenges of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. The Mekong Delta belongs to one of the areas, which are to expect the largest challenges concerning environmental change and climate change induced sea level rise . The Delta acts as the “rice bowl” of Southeast Asia and is home to over 17 Million people, who need to cope with ecologic as well as socio-economic changes linked to the rapid economic development of the country. Annual floods, severe droughts, salt water intrusion, degrading water quality, tropical cyclones, hydrologic changes due to hydropower projects in the upstream of the Mekong, coastal erosion, and the loss of biodiversity are some of the problems in the region. Heterogeneous resource management responsibilities, and the fact that the Mekong – and thus also the Delta – is influenced by six countries aggravate the situation. Integrated water resources management and fostered cooperation and information exchange are pressing needs for the sustainable development of the Delta.


Climate Change Environmental Monitoring Integrated Water Resources Management, IWRM Interdisciplinary Research Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Editors and affiliations

  • Fabrice G. Renaud
    • 1
  • Claudia Kuenzer
    • 2
  1. 1., Institute for Environment and HumanUnited Nations UniversityBonnGermany
  2. 2., Earth Observation Center, EOCGerman Aerospace Center, DLROberpfaffenhofen, WesslingGermany

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