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Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

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Project • ARCP2015-06CMY-Wu, ARCP2014-15NMY-Wu, ARCP2016-02CMY-Wu

Comparative Analysis of Pollution Sources at the Hangzhou Bay & Mekong River Mouths

At the interface between land and ocean there exist continuous material exchanges where the terrestrial ecosystems discharge nutrients into oceans to provide food sources for oceanic organisms but also causes red tides that are detrimental to fisheries. As climate change continues and human alteration of terrestrial ecosystems intensifies, ecological impacts on river deltas and fisheries have become a major environmental concern. The proposed work is to deploy a process-based model to quantitatively examine how recent changes in land use, including rural restructuring of towns, villages, and farmlands, affect nutrient transport from terrestrial ecosystems to two very important deltas in Asia: Mekong River and Qiantang River watersheds.

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