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Engineering and the Environment

Research project: Enhancing the Delta Dynamic Integrated Emulator Model and Concepts to support REACH goals

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Coastal Bangladesh is a hotspot for water security issues with salinity being of particular concern. The Delta Dynamic Integrated Emulator Model (ΔDIEM) is an integrated model that directly links exogenous and endogenous drivers to ecosystem services and (uniquely) population livelihoods and well-being. It produces several water security related indicators (flooding, salinisation, food production, poverty, health, etc.). The aim of this project is to enhance the water security aspects of ΔDIEM, develop the REACH-relevant water security indicators within ΔDIEM, apply the model for REACH scenarios and investigate how these methods might be integrated more into the REACH assessment framework.

Project Overview

This research builds on previous projects (e.g. ESPA Deltas) that try to fill the gaps in understanding the environmental change – poverty/health nexus. There is a growing demand for integrated analysis amongst decision makers linking biophysical changes to socio-economic changes that is essential in sustainable planning. GED has expressed strong interest in the ΔDIEM framework in the past and encouraged its further development and applications.

Funding body: REACH programme, Partnership Funding, Catalyst Grants

Duration: 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017

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ESPA Deltas research project page

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Enhancing the Delta Dynamic Integrated Emulator Model and concepts to support REACH goals

Research group: Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering and Science

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