Project: Nutrient management and legislation in deltas

Po Delta Wetlands

The aim is to test the potential of paleoenvironmental records to help setting targets for water quality standards and nutrient management in delta-dominated coastal areas under extensive anthropogenic pressure. We cross-calibrate environmental monitoring data with hydrological-nutrient model hindcasts and paleoenvironmental reconstructions of biological changes in two selected deltas. The validated sedimentary archives subsequently provide long-term (centennial) perspectives on the drivers and rate of change, and determine the system natural baseline and its variability for implementation of environmental legislation and decision-making.

Delta: Rhine-Meuse delta, the Netherlands, and Po delta, Italy

Future Deltas themeUnderstanding drivers, Optimizing solutions

Funding: Future Deltas Call 2015

Duration: 2016

Researchers: Dr. Francesca Sangiorgi, Dr. Timme Donders, Prof. dr. ir. Lex Bouwman, Prof. dr. Jack Middelburg, Dr. Elisabeth Addink, Dr. Andrea Keessen