Mega Deltas Working Group

FEC and CERTO will be working together to support sustainable development in river deltas

We are pleased to announce that Future Earth Coasts will be collaborating with the CERTO project (Copernicus Evolution: Research for harmonised Transitional water Observation, ), which aims to undertake research and development necessary to produce harmonised water quality data from each service and extend Copernicus to the large number of stakeholders operating in transitional waters.


The FEC affiliated project Mega-Delta Programme ( aims to support sustainable development in 25 globally representative deltas through study of the current status and threats facing these areas. CERTO will contribute water quality data to the Mega-Delta Programme by covering the Danube, the Ganges, Indus and Nile. This collaboration will lead to better understanding the status of these deltas and contribute to the Mega Delta programme obj

ectives for these regions:

  • Understand the current status of global river deltas.
  • Explore the mechanisms of delta evolution under the influence of global climate change and human activities.
  • Predict future trendsof water-sediment and socio-economic evolution, as well as early warning for hazards.
  • Provide solutions for common problems, such as sea level rise, coastal erosion, flood disasters, saltwater intrusion, soil and water pollution, and ecosystem degradation.

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