Public talk: 'Living Deltas' - towards more sustainable futures for South and South East Asian mega-deltas’
  • Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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Deltas are vital to global food and water supplies, industry, trade and culture. Over 500 million people live in delta regions, but worldwide deltas are under threat from climate change, rising sea levels, industrial farming techniques, and pollutants. We need to act now to prevent delta systems from collapsing. 
Andy Large, Professor of River Science in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University has over three decades of experience researching river and wetland ecosystems, focusing on how extreme events and climate change affect catchment vulnerability and resilience.
In this public lecture he will draw on the experiences of his career in river research, in particular the challenges and highlights of running a major international development project in South and Southeast Asia, which focused on vulnerable peoples and their uncertain futures in the face of delta degradation exacerbated by rapid climate change.
 
This free lecture is open to all, and no booking is required.
Tea and coffee will be available prior to the lecture.
For further information, please contact Professor David Gilvear: david.gilvear@plymouth.ac.uk 
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Professor Andy Large is Professor of River Science in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. Andy has over three decades experience of researching river and wetland ecosystems with good friends, focusing on how extreme events and climate change affect catchment vulnerability and resilience. 

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He develops novel approaches to quantifying river geomorphology, social and physical effects of flooding, and assesses how rivers benefit society though ecosystem services provision. Andy is Principal Investigator and Hub Director of the UKRI GCRF Living Deltas Hub, which is one of just 12 ambitious interdisciplinary research Hubs funded by UK Government through their Global Challenges Research Fund. Working in equitable partnership with delta communities, researchers, government ministries, international agencies, NGOs CSOs, and with a focus on impacts of climate change on delta society and mitigation measures, the Living Deltas Hub co-produces knowledge and shares expertise to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to growing environmental issues on some of the world’s most vulnerable megadeltas. The central aim for Living Deltas is to help Vietnam, India and Bangladesh raise delta livelihoods and enhance delta resilience with the intended outcomes being more sustainable delta futures and better achievement of the SDGs in delta specific contexts.  
In this talk Andy will draw on memories from his career in river research, and in particular the myriad challenges and pleasures of running a major international development project in South and Southeast Asia focusing on vulnerable peoples and their uncertain futures in the face of delta degradation exacerbated by rapid climate change.
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