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An integrated approach based on salinity monitoring, modelling and stakeholder participation to improve water safety plans

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Final report: Faneca Sanchez, M., Bashar, K., Janssen, G.M.C.M., Vogels, M., Snel, J., Zhou, Y., Stuurman, R. and Oude Essink, G.H.P., 2015. SWIBANGLA: Managing salt water intrusion impacts in coastal groundwater systems of Bangladesh, p.153.

Introduction

Bangladesh is densely populated and it is expected that the population increases significantly in the coming decade, up to 60% more by 2050 according to IIASA (2013). Demand for drinking water will increase accordingly. These developments may cause significant changes in the hydrological system, e.g. leading to a drop of groundwater pressures. Moreover, climate change and a sea level rise are predicted by the scenarios drawn by the International Panel of Climate Change (IPCC, 2013). This leads to, among others, an increase of salt water intrusion, in surface water as well as in groundwater.

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