Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Robert J. Nicholls, W. Neil Adger, Craig W. Hutton, Susan E. Hanson
    Pages 1-22 Open Access
  3. Md. Munsur Rahman, Tuhin Ghosh, Mashfiqus Salehin, Amit Ghosh, Anisul Haque, Mohammed Abed Hossain et al.
    Pages 23-51 Open Access
  4. Sugata Hazra, Shouvik Das, Amit Ghosh, Pokkuluri Venkat Raju, Amrita Patel
    Pages 53-77 Open Access
  5. Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe, Kwasi Appeaning Addo, Cynthia Addoquaye Tagoe, Benjamin Kofi Nyarko, Francisca Martey, Winfred A. Nelson et al.
    Pages 79-102 Open Access
  6. Stephen E. Darby, Kwasi Appeaning Addo, Sugata Hazra, Md. Munsur Rahman, Robert J. Nicholls
    Pages 103-126 Open Access
  7. Chris Hill, Frances Dunn, Anisul Haque, Fiifi Amoako-Johnson, Robert J. Nicholls, Pokkuluri Venkat Raju et al.
    Pages 127-151 Open Access
  8. Ricardo Safra de Campos, Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe, W. Neil Adger, Colette Mortreux, Sugata Hazra, Tasneem Siddiqui et al.
    Pages 153-177 Open Access
  9. Iñaki Arto, Ignacio Cazcarro, Anil Markandya, Somnath Hazra, Rabindra N. Bhattacharya, Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei
    Pages 179-200 Open Access
  10. Emma L. Tompkins, Katharine Vincent, Natalie Suckall, Rezaur Rahman, Tuhin Ghosh, Adelina Mensah et al.
    Pages 201-222 Open Access
  11. Attila N. Lázár, Susan E. Hanson, Robert J. Nicholls, Andrew Allan, Craig W. Hutton, Mashfiqus Salehin et al.
    Pages 223-245 Open Access
  12. Robert J. Nicholls, W. Neil Adger, Craig W. Hutton, Susan E. Hanson, Attila N. Lázár, Katharine Vincent et al.
    Pages 247-279 Open Access
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 281-282

About this book


The Anthropocene is the human-dominated modern era that has accelerated social, environmental and climate change across the world in the last few decades. This open access book examines the challenges the Anthropocene presents to the sustainable management of deltas, both the many threats as well as the opportunities. In the world’s deltas the Anthropocene is manifest in major land use change, the damming of rivers, the engineering of coasts and the growth of some of the world’s largest megacities; deltas are home to one in twelve of all people in the world. The book explores bio-physical and social dynamics and makes clear adaptation choices and trade-offs that underpin policy and governance processes, including visionary delta management plans. It details new analysis to illustrate these challenges, based on three significant and contrasting deltas: the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna, Mahanadi and Volta.  

This multi-disciplinary, policy-orientated volume is strongly aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals as delta populations often experience extremes of poverty, gender and structural inequality, variable levels of health and well-being, while being vulnerable to extreme and systematic climate change.

Robert J Nicholls is Professor of Coastal Engineering within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK. He has contributed to a wide range of influential national and international publications including the IPCC Assessment Reports.

W Neil Adger is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter, UK. His research examines demographic, political economy, public health and well-being aspects of the Anthropocene.

Craig W Hutton is Professor of Sustainability Science within Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton, UK. His research focuses on spatial analysis of vulnerability and the incorporation of sustainable management, policy and governance into decision-making processes.

Susan E Hanson is Research Fellow within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK. She specializes in coastal vulnerability and management, particularly as a consequence of climate change.


Deltas Anthropocene sustainable development migration climate adaptation coastal management management of deltas open access sustainable developement goals land use change Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta Mahanadi Delta Volta Delta Delta hazards climate migration natural hazards urbanisation

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Nicholls
    • 1
  • W. Neil Adger
    • 2
  • Craig W. Hutton
    • 3
  • Susan E. Hanson
    • 4
  1. 1.School of EngineeringUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.Geography, College of Life and Environmental SciencesUniversity of ExeterExeterUK
  3. 3.GeoData Institute, Geography and Environmental ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  4. 4.School of EngineeringUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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