Water, Climate & Future Deltas

The Water, Climate & Future Deltas hub is a platform for scientists and external stakeholders to jointly work on ensuring the sustainability of our world’s deltas.

Over 500 million people live in deltas worldwide. Deltas provide essential services to humans, such as fertile land for food production, biodiversity, drinking and irrigation water and a river network for transportation. However, human pressures and climate change have severe impacts on the functioning of deltas. Sea-level rise, land subsidence, ecosystem degradation, increasing flood risk, pollution, loss of biodiversity, conflicting land claims and declining livability are all pressures that form a threat.

How can we design and evaluate pathways to sustainable deltas in the future?

Delta management strategies

In the hub, scientific experts from a broad range of disciplines cooperate directly with experts in the field to combine knowledge on natural system functioning with spatial planning, land and water governance and legislative frameworks. This allows for developing resilient delta management strategies, which is urgently needed to sustain the quality of life in these unique ecosystems.

Future Deltas programme

The work of the hub builds on the research carried out as part of Utrecht University's Future Deltas programme (2014-2018) on understanding the drivers, predicting the impact, and optimising the solutions for future delta life.

This website

On this website you can find all the information about the hub and how to become involved. Use the navigation buttons above to learn more about our expertise, projects and funding opportunities.