Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Zahrah Musa

Date: 06 April 2018
Time: 12:00 - 14:30
Location: TU Delft, Auditorium, Mekelweg 5: the ’Senaatszaal’

Dissertation title: 

Satellite - based mitigation and adaptation scenarios for sea level rise in the lower Niger delta

Group: IHE Delft, River Basin Development
Promotor: Professor Arthur Mynett
Copromotor: Dr. Ioana Popescu

Abstract:

The general aim of this thesis was to assess the impact of SLR on the Niger delta land area, coastline, and surface water in an integrated way that will lead to practical recommendations for adaptation. SLR impact studies require a methodology that assesses the coastal area in such a way that its characteristics are studied, the important factors affecting it are assessed, and its future needs are documented. Consequently, this study combined hydrodynamic modeling, GIS analysis, and vulnerability index computations to fulfill its objectives and answer the research questions as explained in the subsequent subsections. The thesis results show that the Niger delta is vulnerable to further flooding, inundation, intrusion of sea salts, and erosion from SLR. The suitable adaptation measures computed for the Niger delta include: construction of dykes, by-pass channels, flood-pits (reservoirs), storm surge barrier, and coastline shortening.