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Presentation to Nazmul Haq

William Powrie (Dean of Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton) presents a copy of the new book "Ecosystem Services for Well-Being in Deltas: Integrated Analysis for Policy Analysis" to Dr. Nazmul Haq (University of Southampton) to whom the book is dedicated. Nazmul greatly facilitated this research in its early days and helped to build a strong consortium that continues to contribute to fundamental research on the future of the delta that also informs policy in terms of the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 and related strategic planning and development of the country.

Posted 20/07/2018 13:10

New ESPA Deltas Book now available online

The new ESPA Deltas Book “Ecosystem Services for Well-Being in Deltas: Integrated Assessment for Policy Analysis” is now available online and can be found at:

Posted 08/06/2018 13:36

ESPA paper selected by ESPI for Inclusion in Editor's Choice web collection

The article 'Agricultural livelihoods in coastal Bangladesh under climate and environmental change - A model framework' has been selected by ESPI for inclusion in the Editor's Choice web collection on Planetary Health. See it here Link text.

Posted 08/06/2018 11:02

Forthcoming Book

‘Forthcoming Book published by Palgrave Macmillan entitled “Ecosystems Services for Well-Being in Deltas: Integrated Assessment for Policy Analysis” will summarise the ESPA Deltas Project and will be published in June 2018. The book is open access and will feature at the final ESPA event at Kings College on 14 June 2018.’

Posted 25/05/2018 13:31

Two new policy briefs are available describing the application of the ESPA Deltas models and methods to assess proposed projects in the proposed Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100. These are “ΔDIEM: Using scenarios to inform pro-poor policy-making.” and Inte

• ΔDIEM: Using scenarios to inform pro-poor policy-making. March 2018.

Posted 25/05/2018 13:28

ESPA Continuation Project Final Workshop

Held at General Economic Division, Planning Commission, Government of Bangladesh, Dhaka

Posted 28/02/2018 10:22

Inter-disciplinary modeling for pro-poor policy-making

The ESPA Deltas project ( undertook an ambitious, interdisciplinary study to understand the ecosystems of coastal Bangladesh and the lives of the millions of people who benefit from them. A key aim was to make the findings available to decision-makers who are seeking to protect and improve the livelihoods and wellbeing of the people who live in this dynamic delta environment. The project’s many findings have been integrated into a sophisticated model, the Delta Dynamic Integrated Emulator Model (ΔDIEM). The ESPA Deltas team is now working with the Planning Commission of the Government of Bangladesh to use the ΔDIEM to assess the diverse impacts of development options being considered as part of the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100. These options include a strengthened sea wall and a new mangrove ‘buffer’ zone. Such simulations can identify trade-offs, and so benefit decision-making processes. The Deltas project approach could be adapted for informing pro-poor policies elsewhere in Bangladesh and, indeed, in other delta regions in the world.

Posted 07/02/2018 09:31

Drinking water salinity associated health crisis in coastal Bangladesh Paper Published

The ESPA Deltas paper 'Drinking water salinity associated health crisis in coastal Bangladesh' has recently been published.

Posted 17/01/2018 10:22

Capacity Building for Bangladeshi Researchers

Rashedul Islam and Manjurul Hussain Shourov of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) are visiting the University of Southampton to spend time with some of the team members of the ESPA Project ‘An assessment of the ecosystem service and livelihood implications of government development proposals in coastal Bangladesh’, including Prof. Robert Nicholls, Dr Attila Lazar and Dr Alex Chapman. In particular, Rashed and Shourov will be spending time with Attila, who, along with Dr Andres Payo of BGS, coded the ESPA model (ΔDIEM).

Posted 02/10/2017 13:01

Senior Bangladeshi policy maker visits Southampton as fight against climate change steps up

Professor Shamsul Alam, Senior Secretary of the General Economics Division (GED), Government of Bangladesh visited the University of Southampton (24-25 August 2017) to continue our collaboration on several large delta-focused projects.

Posted 01/09/2017 08:22

Researchers at CDSMS Conference in Colorado

Robert Nicholls, Attila Lazar and Frances Dunn (University of Southampton) attended the annual meeting of CSDMS (Community Surface Dynamics Modeling Systems) in Boulder, Colorado, USA, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, 25-27 May 2017. This is a model-based community of scientists that have met annually since 2002 with the goal of advancing modelling by sharing, standardising, and coupling. They all presented delta research, including a keynote on the ESPA Deltas Project. Read their blog post here

Posted 15/06/2017 15:31

ESPA Deltas extended collaboration with Bangladesh Government

The University of Southampton and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) have been awarded £150,000 (April 2017 to March 2018) by the ESPA research programme to further the impact of the ESPA Deltas Project. This project they will demonstrate the application of the Delta Dynamic Integrated Emulator Model (ΔDIEM) to selected proposed projects within the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP2100) ( The General Economic Division (GED) of the Planning Commission of the Government of Bangladesh who lead the BDP2100 are key partners in this effort. The Kick-Off Workshop took place at the University of Southampton on 15/16 May 2017 including representatives from BUET and GED and observers from the ESPA Directorate and DfID. A work programme has been agreed, including definition of the projects to assess, model set-up and implementation and the preparation of a final report. Three workshops are planned in Bangladesh and there will be an extensive training effort.

Posted 18/05/2017 10:29

ΔDIEM training workshop 25th – 29th July, 2016 at Southampton University

The team from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) visited Southampton University to receive training on the Delta Dynamic Integrated Emulator Model (ΔDIEM) in preparation for the final ESPA Deltas workshop. Four members of BUET, Dr. Munsur Rahman, Dr. Anisul Haque, Dr. Mashfiqus Salehin and Rashed Rakib, together with Dr. Andres Payo from Southampton University dedicated five days to explore the model, analyse the latest version and plan for the next steps to be completed for the final ESPA Deltas Workshop. BUET is now familiar with ΔDIEM source code structure, all its modules, and has reached a level of understanding that will allow them to critically use ΔDIEM as a tool for decision making in the use of ecosystem services for poverty alleviation.

Posted 03/08/2016 16:14

Social Simulation of Fisheries and Coastal Management workshop

Attila Lazar (University of Southampton, UK) was invited as a keynote speaker for the Social Simulation of Fisheries and Coastal Management workshop (Manchester Metropolitan University, 6-7 June 2016) organised by the Centre for Policy Modelling, the Stockholm Environment Institute (Oxford Centre) and the University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway. The aim of the workshop was (i) to further establish the academic-developer-practitioner network, (ii) to improve the use of data and methods, and (iii) to work towards the integration of tools and methods and creation of decision support frameworks.

Posted 08/06/2016 13:48

EGU 2016

Robert Nicholls spoke about the ESPA Deltas project at the EGU Meeting in Vienna on 22 April 2016. The talk was entitled "An integrated framework to assess plausible future livelihood and poverty changes in deltas: an application to coastal Bangladesh" and was presented in a session on "Sustainable management of river deltas under pressure" where work across the worlds's deltas was presented. There was significant interest in the ESPA Delta project and its outputs.

Posted 19/05/2016 15:57

6th National Level Stakeholder workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh 7 May 2016

ESPA Delta project held its 6th national level stakeholder workshop at GED, Dhaka on 7 May 2016. The workshop aimed to present the key messages emerging from the ΔDIEM baseline simulation results to the stakeholders. Prof Alam chaired and opened the meeting stating the need for a holistic view in sustainable governance in Bangladesh. He discussed the importance of the developing Bangladesh Delta Plan and the potential importance of the ESPA Deltas project to provide supplementary information for this key document. Prof Munsur Rahman briefly introduced the project, followed by the joint presentation of Prof Mashfiqus Salehin and Dr Attila Lazar describing the integrated assessment framework (i.e. ΔDIEM), its assumptions and the emerging key findings. The lively question-answer session further dissected the results. The meeting was closed by Prof. Alam stating that he saw substantial potential in the use of the model and that finding further support for its continued development was now important.He also stated he was looking forward to the potentially fruitful future cooperation between the Bangladesh General Economic Division and the ESPA Deltas team.

Posted 13/05/2016 13:54

Video: Building a sustainable future in climate-vulnerable deltas

Find out more about ecosystem services in deltas through this video on the ESPA Deltas project.

Posted 09/05/2016 14:48

ESPA Deltas Researcher presents at IGU 2015

Mr. Ali Ahmed from International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr, b) presented some interesting findings from the ESPA study in International Geographical Union (IGU) Regional conference in Moscow, Russia from 17-21st August, 2015. The IGU is one of the world's oldest international researchers' associations and this year it took place in Lomonosov Moscow State University with the theme "Geography, Culture and Society for Our Future Earth."

Posted 25/02/2016 08:51

ESPA Deltas at AGU

With nearly 24,000 attendees, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting (14-18 Dec 2015, San Francisco, USA) is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. The Meeting brings together the entire Earth and space science community for discussions of emerging trends and the latest research. The technical program includes presentations on new and cutting-edge science, much of which has not yet been published. The meeting offers a mix of oral and poster presentations, a broad range of general sessions, formal and informal networking and career advancement opportunities, and packed exhibit hall showcasing new and relevant research tools and services that could help scientists and researchers streamline their work.

Posted 18/12/2015 13:44

Systems Analysis 2015

Attila Lazar and Andres Payo attended the 'Systems Analysis 2015' conference in Laxenburg, Austria, 11-13 November 2015. They represented the ESPA Deltas and iCOASST projects with two poster presentations. The conference aimed to share the best practices and state-of-the-art methods in systems analysis. The three day conference was packed with oral presentations and with about a hundred poster presentations providing ample opportunities to engage with participants working in similar fields.

Posted 24/11/2015 13:30

ESPA 2015 Annual Science Conference

Two members of the ESPA Deltas team will present at the ESPA Annual Science Conference 2015. Prof. Robert Nicholls of Southampton University and Prof. Munsur Rahman of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology will present at the conference on 25th – 26th November 2015 in London.

Posted 05/11/2015 15:50

International Conference of Young Researchers in Sustainable Development

The Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh is hosting a conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh titled "International conference of young researchers in sustainable development: Societies on the brink of new challenges of sustainability".

Posted 24/09/2015 15:10

ESPA Deltas’ 5th National Level Stakeholder workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh

ESPA Deltas held their 5th national level stakeholder workshop at the General Economic Division (GED), Government of Bangladesh in Dhaka on 16th September 2015. The main purpose of the workshop was to share with the stakeholders the policy relevant results of the unique ESPA Deltas household survey, and to initiate the rapid scenario assessment exercise. Professor Shamsul Alam (Senior Secretary of GED) opened the workshop, and talked about the challenges Bangladesh is facing. Professor Alam stated that the ESPA Deltas' outputs and models would complement their knowledge and capabilities. He saw ESPA Deltas as assisting GED in their planning processes to avoid unintended consequences that both the people and the environment cannot afford. He stressed that "information exchange is essential between the Delta Plan and the ESPA Deltas project to find solutions that Bangladesh is facing". The meeting, organised by Professor Munsur and Professor Salehin from IWFM BUET, was well attended with 70+ high level stakeholders and academics.

Posted 22/09/2015 12:18

Upcoming Stakeholder Workshop 16th September 2015

The ESPA Deltas project is hosting its second stakeholder workshop which directly follows on from a workshop in June 2015. In the previous workshop, which took place on 10th June 2015 in Dhaka, local stakeholders were introduced to the Delta Dynamic Integrated Emulator Model tool (ΔDIEM)and suggested policy interventions. The upcoming workshop, hosted by the General Economics Division, Dhaka, will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with the results of the Household Survey and the results of the tool.

Posted 15/09/2015 10:21

Stakeholders discuss interventions during Stakeholder Workshop

ESPA Deltas 30 Month Consortium Meeting, Khulna, 1-6 Dec 2014

The entire ESPA Deltas Consortium met in Khulna, a city South West of Dhaka, Bangladesh for the 30 Month Consortium Workshop. The meeting consisted of a three day workshop, plus a one day fieldtrip. The field trip was an opportunity to visit the study area and observe the effects of shrimp farming, as well as polder erosion.

Posted 13/08/2015 12:05

ESPA Annual Science Meeting, New Delhi

The 2014 Annual Science Meeting took place on 26-27 November in New Delhi, India. Several members of the ESPA Deltas Consortium gave presentations on a range of topics including coupling biophysical processes to livelihoods, ecosystem services as a determinant of poverty and integrating science, policy and stakeholders. Attila Lazar (Southampton), Emily Barbour (Oxford), Andrew Allan (Dundee), Dilruba Begum (ICDDR,B) and Craig Hutton (Southampton) travelled to India to present at the conference.

Posted 13/08/2015 11:56

Sustainable Deltas 2015 launch

A unique initiative endorsed by the International Council for Science - Sustainable Deltas 2015 - (SD2015) launched recently at the 'Deltas in Times of Climate Change II International Conference' in Rotterdam. The aim of the initiative is to focus attention and research on the value and vulnerability of deltas worldwide, and promote and enhance international and regional cooperation among scientists, policymakers and other stakeholders. Read more on the following link:

Posted 09/10/2014 15:09

ESPA Deltas presentations at Deltas in Times of Climate Change Conference

ESPA Deltas will be presenting 13 papers and six posters at the Deltas in Time of Climate Change II International Conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on 24-26 September 2014. The details are as follows:

Posted 15/09/2014 12:14

Bangladesh flood forecast and warning information to enhance disaster management

FFWC generates and provides flood forecast and warning information to enhance the disaster management capacity of national agencies and communities using the best scientific principles, real time data, weather forecast information and mathematical models. This center works with partners for continuous updating and improvement of FFWS and capacity of professionals for better services.

Posted 09/04/2014 09:30

World Bank End Poverty in South Asia Blog

Posted 18/12/2013 10:59

NEW Google EarthEngine

Currently in a limited release, Google are entering into remote sensing and environmental data analysis with their new EarthEngine programme.

Posted 12/12/2013 10:40

Report: The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK Met Office and Risk Management Solutions have released a new joint report entitled 'The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030' which examines the relationship between disasters and poverty.

Posted 24/10/2013 09:22

New study highlights the overwhelming importance of small-scale fisheries for coastal economies

For the full report please follow this link:

Posted 12/09/2013 12:10

Mott MacDonald Projects in Bangladesh

The following articles and projects from Mott MacDonald have synergies with the ESPA Deltas project.

Posted 12/09/2013 09:58


China and India 'water grab' dams put ecology of Himalayas in danger

Posted 12/09/2013 09:50

ESPA Deltas meet with GED, Planning Commission, Bangladesh

Prof. Robert Nicholls, University of Southampton, Mr. Samar Kumar Ghosh, GED, Planning Commission, Bangladesh and Prof. Munsur Rahman, BUET at the ESPA Delta meeting in Southampton in June 2013. The application of the ESPA Delta Project to supporting long-term planning in Bangladesh was discussed at this meeting

Posted 10/07/2013 15:34

PhD Opportunity - University of Southampton

PhD Studentship in Social Enterprise & Innovation as a Driver of Community Management in the Ganges Brahmaputra Meghna (GBM) Delta

Posted 08/07/2013 14:50

NEWS ARTICLE: Bangladesh’s internal migrations - ebb and flow

Read full story here:

Posted 18/06/2013 16:14

NEWS ARTICLE: Bangladeshis pay dearly for climate change

Bangladeshis pay dearly for climate change

Posted 18/06/2013 15:13

Dr Craig Hutton - UNESCO Regional Workshop on Sustainability Science

Dr Craig Hutton, ESPA Deltas Research Co-ordinator, member of SSS and Senior Researcher at the GeoData Institute, Geography & Environment Academic Unit, University of Southampton, will be presenting work carried out by the ESPA Assessing Health, Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation in Populous (Deltas) project and contributing to developing Sustainability Science as a strategic agenda for policy at the UNESCO Regional Workshop on Sustainability Science entitled 'A Science based Approach to realise the Future We Want for All' UNESCO in collaboration with ISTIC and MEXT - Japan Local Host: Lestari, UKM. 4 - 5 April 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Posted 28/03/2013 11:26

Conference Announcement: Deltas in Times of Climate Change II, 24-26 September 2014

Where rivers flow into the sea, where lowlands encounter bays and oceans, people have settled since times immemorial. The land is fertile and easy to work; it is easy to transport people and goods over long distances. Living in deltas brings many advantages. But the coin has another side: dangers from flooding and from salt intrusion in times of drought. Climate change worsens these threats and intensive use makes deltas more vulnerable to them.

Posted 08/03/2013 09:07

India Seeks Brahmaputra Bilateral Mechanism With China

13 Feb 2013 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

Posted 22/02/2013 10:07

Guardian Article - Sea change: the Bay of Bengal's vanishing islands

Read the full story here:

Posted 31/01/2013 09:45

ESPA Deltas Presentation at EGU 2013 General Assembly

Dr Attila Lazar (University of Southampton) will be presenting on the ESPA Deltas Project at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, Austria on the 7-12th April 2013.

Posted 22/01/2013 09:52

Penrose/Chapman Coastal Processes and Environments under SLR and Changing Climate Conference April 14-19 2013, Texas USA

Professor Robert Nicholls is attending the upcoming Penrose (GSA)/Chapman (AGU)

Posted 21/01/2013 10:56

WARPO become formal partners of ESPA Deltas

On 16th Jan 2013 BUET signed a Memorandum of Understanding with WARPO regarding the formal involvement of WARPO in ESPA Deltas project at a formal ceremony.

Posted 17/01/2013 14:55

The Guardian Article: Bangladesh's toxic tanneries turning a profit at an intolerable human price

See for full story.

Posted 13/12/2012 14:36

Dams on the Ganges have knock on effect on ecosystems

see for full article.

Posted 12/12/2012 14:35

IITR Researcher training at BUET

During November 30-December 05, 2012, Adrian Montero, Msc student at IITR, visited BUET and trained on FVCOM Modelling

Posted 10/12/2012 10:40

Professor Munsur Rahman visits Kyoto University

Munsur visited Kyoto University, Japan to attend a workshop on flood and sorm surge disaster mitigation in Bangladesh with 3 more colleagues of ESPA Deltas project. In the workshop, the cross country activities of ESPA deltas project were discussed with the Japanese counterpart researchers.

Posted 10/12/2012 10:38

Partners News: Dhaka Workshop Presentations

Project partners can now view and download all presentations from the ESPA Deltas 6 Month Workshop in Dhaka (27-29 Nov 2012) in the Members Area ('Document Library', 'Consortium Meetings'...)

Posted 06/12/2012 11:22

6 month Consortium Workshop starts Tues 27th November 2012

On Tuesday the 6 month ESPA Deltas consortium workshop kicks off at the Bangladesh University of Enginneering and Technology (BUET) in Dhaka (

Posted 26/11/2012 15:31

'Bridging the Climate Gap Between Britain and Bangladesh'

Professor Robert Nicholls will be at the 'BRIDGING THE CLIMATE GAP BETWEEN BRITAIN AND BANGLADESH' meeting on 19th November in London.

Posted 19/11/2012 14:28

ESPA Deltas represented at LWEC Annual Conference Nov '12

The ESPA Deltas project was represented at the Living With Environmental Change Annual Conference - The Journey to Adaption ( on 19/20th November.

Posted 19/11/2012 14:24

Bangladesh has revived its plan to bridge the Ganges

News Article from the BBC about Bangladesh plan to revising their plan to bridge the Ganges.

Posted 16/11/2012 14:34

ESPA Science Conference 19-20 Nov 2012 Live Webstreaming

The ESPA Annual Science conference will be web-streamed on the 19 and 20 November, 2012. To access the web-streams of the selected sessions from the conference please use the following links. These will become live five minutes before the start of each session.

Posted 15/11/2012 11:46

ESPA funded project in SW Coastal Bangladesh

The ESPA funded, Whole Decision Network Analysis for Coastal Ecosystems (WD-NACE)is coming to completion.

Posted 07/11/2012 10:25

Laos approves Xayaburi 'mega' dam on Mekong

See for full story.

Posted 05/11/2012 15:37

Sustainability Science at Southampton Evening - 24th October 2012

On Wednesday 24th October the ESPA Deltas project will be presented at the Sustainability Sciences at Southamptons (SSS) United Nations World Development Day.

Posted 23/10/2012 14:04

CBA7 (Community Based Action) International Conference, Dhaka 18-25 April 2013

Register now for CBA7 (7th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation) in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 18-25th April 2013.

Posted 11/10/2012 13:26

IFAD releases People’s Republic of Bangladesh Country strategic opportunities programme

IFAD releases People's Republic of Bangladesh Country strategic opportunities programme:

Posted 05/10/2012 15:00

Attila Lazar starts work at Southampton

Dr Attila Lazar has today joined the University of Southampton's ESPA Deltas team and will be working on WP4.

Posted 01/10/2012 15:46

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Posted 26/09/2012 13:25

WP2 field work in Bangladesh

Helen Adams (University of Exeter) is now advancing Work Package 2 in the field in Bangladesh. Follow her on twitter @EspaDeltas

Posted 25/09/2012 16:03

FVCOM Modelling Workshop

The FVCOM modelling team is getting together at PML in Plynouth next week (24-26 Sep) for a modelling workshop. The new team memebr from Bangladesh, Dr Saiful Islam, is spending 2 weeks at PML to work with the modellers on the set up of the FVCOM model for the BGM Delta.

Posted 25/09/2012 13:51

Economist Article 13 July 2012

The Economist publishes article on 'Pricing Ecosystem Services' with relation to John Dearing's work and our Chinese partners on 13th July.

Posted 17/07/2012 14:09

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