The Yellow River Delta is one of the three major Chinese river deltas. The Yellow River Delta faces numerous challenges in the context of global change. Impacts of industrial exploitation, urbanization, agricultural transformation, as well as climate change can all be felt and observed in the delta. On the one hand the delta hosts China’s second largest oil field, and the growing delta city of Dongying, surrounded by intensive aqua- and agriculture. One the other hand, large protected wetlands are breeding and resting place for migrating birds, which attract thousands of tourists annually.
DELIGHT Yellow River Delta Information System Hand Over in Dongying, April 12, 2016
On April 12 2016, DLR together with IGSNRR held an Hand Over Workshop at the Institute for Sustainable Development of the Yellow River Delta of Shandong Province in Dongying. Beside the Director of this main stakeholder institution further stakeholders from the Yellow River Delta Nature Reserve and the Bureau of Land and Resources took part in the hand over ceremony (see group picture). The DELIGHT Information System contains all scientific project results from 3 years of joint research between Germany and China in the fileds of e.g. hydrodynamic and water quality analyses of the Yellow River estuary, detailed quantification of the urbanization in Dongying and prognosis of its future development, the analyses of coastal dynamics and land use changes over the last two decades with respect to food supply for this fast developing river delta region as well as to environmental impacts such as salinization of soils etc. Furthermore, the system provides access to map material related to natural resources of the wetlands, and impacts of industrial development.
DELIGHT held 5th information system user training in Dongying, April 2016
DLR conducted the fifth and final user training course at the Yellow River Delta Sustainable Development Institute of Shandong Province from 11th to 15th of April 2016. In the data management part, the participants focused on data integration of their own data sets. Furthermore, capacity in the usage of the information system and open source GIS software was developed. In addition, the comprehensive maintenance of the information system was trained to enable the participants to deal with error logging and diagnosis, and overall understanding of system architecture.
DELIGHT field campaign to the Upper and Middle Reaches of the Yellow River Basin in April 2016
A field campaign to the upper and middle reaches of the Yellow River Basin is currently conducted by a research scientist from SLU. The major goal of this field work is to collect information for the validation of land use change analyses recently undertaken as one component of a currently on-going PhD study that focusses on the development of land cover and land use in the whole Yellow River Basin.
DELIGHT field campaign to the Yellow River Delta in December 2015
From November 12th to December 8th a group of scientists from Franzius-Institute of University Hannover travelled to China to conduct vessel-based measurements in the Yellow River Delta region. In succession to a previous campaign in 2013, which yielded a calibration data set for hydronumerical models, the data collected this year comprises a complimentary validation data set.
DLR held 4th Information System User Training in Dongying, November 2015
DLR conducted the fourth user training course at the Yellow River Delta Sustainable Development Institute of Shandong Province from 23rd to 26th of November. In the data preparation part, the participants focused on the change detection analysis. They learned how to use QGIs and python to evaluate changes in the existing land cover product.
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