Scientists, sediment and mangroves in the Mekong Delta

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Changes in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta are highlighted in the latest issue of Oceanographywhich features research being done by University of Waikato scientists.

Dr Julia Mullarney and Associate Professor Karin Bryan are part of an international team that has been researching the tropical delta that covers more than 40,000 square kilometres in southern Vietnam. They pair have been working with scientists from the USA, Netherlands, New Zealand and Vietnam, supported by the US Office of Naval Research.

The September 2017 issue of Oceanography focuses solely on the Delta, and Drs Mullarney and Bryan have contributed to four of the nine articles.

Dr Mullarney is a co-editor of the journal and has been a regular traveller to the region to measure the impact of sediment on land and sea, looking at such things as tidal impacts on sediment from “source to sink”, turbulence and seabed morphology in mangrove forests, and the decreased sediment supply and sea-level rise.

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