River deltas, like cities, are among the regions hardest hit by climate change impacts. Deltas can be hubs of wealth, drawing large populations to their wealth of natural resources and access to national and international transport and shipping.
But the natural characteristics of deltas also make them vulnerable to problems such as flooding, subsidence, cyclones and salt water intrusion. Therefore, deltas around the world are being adapted to become more resilient to climate change impacts and better protect the populations and industries housed there. That being said, the adaptation efforts need refining and sharing and excellence needs signposting and policies need to better structured to protect their natural and human resources.
Research and investment are underway to address some of the unique challenges that deltas experience but this needs sharing across the global communities and collaboration and a combination of disciplines will support these adaptation efforts.