The research project “Land Use and Climate Change interactions in the Vu Gia Thu Bon River Basin/Central Vietnam – LUCCi” started in July 2010 and is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The overall objective of the is to provide a scientific sound basis for land use and water resources management strategies in the Vu Gia Thu Bon (VGTB) river basin of Central Vietnam. This goal should be achieved by applying interdisciplinary research methods considering both natural and social science approaches: Greenhouse gas emissions from different land use/land cover changes, and impacts of climate change on existing land uses, hydrology as well as on the human and natural environments are analyzed. Based on the results obtained, scenarios will be developed by developing and applying integrated models. In strong collaboration with the national and local stakeholders, the project partners will be enabled to derive strategies for sustainable land use and water resources management. Thereby, the VGTB river basin serves as the case study for the whole Central Vietnamese region.
IMK-IFU is leading the research group of Working Package 3 “Climate Modeling” (coordinated by Dr. Patrick Laux http://imk-ifu.fzk.de/staff_Patrick_Laux.php) and will perform dynamical (DDS) and statistical downscaling (SDS) of GCMs for regional and local impact studies in Central Vietnam. Projections and analysis of extreme events will directly impact on the bandwidth of possible economically sound land-use scenarios in the VGTB basin. These, in turn, are boundary conditions for evaluating possible GHG pools and their development linked to the dynamics of climate change and human adaptation. Direct partners within this Working Package are the Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (http://www.imh.ac.vn/a_gioi_thieu?set_language=en&cl=en)- IMHEN (Prof. Tran Thuc) and the IHP/HWRP Secretariat, Federal Institute of Hydrology (http://ihp.bafg.de/servlet/is/6787/), Germany (Dr. Johannes Cullmann).