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Module 9: Smart Building
Most deltas around the world are in a declining state. Population centers have been gravitating to deltas and coastal zones around the world, making them recently the focus of urbanization and economic development. It is estimated that within the next few decades, roughly half the world's population will be living in within the coastal zone. With increasing populations come big challenges to maintain ecosystem services and function that are essential for food supply, critical managements of key resources, and to maintain socio-economic development of deltas and coastal zones. This however is only the beginning. As we learned in previous modules, coastlines and modern society will be (if not already) further challenged by a changing global climate, placing additional pressure and the need to address changing coastlines is response to a variety of uncertainties. For instance, how do we deal with sea level rise, water scarcity from droughts, watershed practices and possible shifts in river discharge, subsidence, and many other questions including the flood risk and vulnerability associated with climate uncertainty and the potential for larger more intense storms?
Credit: Left::By Milei.vencel, (Mekong Delta) CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Right: By Milei.vencel (Floating Houses)CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons