The Mekong River Basin

The Mekong River Basin

1st Edition - January 1, 2023

Write a review

  • Editors: Hong Quan Nguyen, Heiko Apel, Quang Bao Le, Venkataramana Sridhar
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323908146

Purchase options

Purchase options
Available for Pre-Order
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out

Institutional Subscription

Free Global Shipping
No minimum order


The Mekong River Basin: Ecohydrological complexity from catchment to coast present real facts and data and predictions for quantifying human-induced changes throughout the Mekong watershed including its estuaries and coasts, and proposes solutions to decrease or mitigate the negative effect and enable sustainable development. It is the first work to link socio–ecological interaction study over the whole Mekong River basin under the lens of ecohydrology. Each chapter is written by a leading expert and ranges from coverage on climate change, to groundwater, land use, flooding drought, biodiversity and anthropological issues. Human activities are enormous in the whole watershed and they are still increasing throughout the catchment and severe negative impacts on natural resources are emerging. Among these activities, hydropower dams, especially a series of 11 dams in China, are the most critical; they generate massive changes throughout the system including in the delta and to the livelihoods of millions of people and they threaten sustainability. This book is an an essential reference for academics and water resources managers throughout South East Asia and worldwide.

Key Features

  • Presents an extensive collection of eco-hydrological changes in the river basin driven by both nature and anthropological factors
  • Provides state of the art modeling, data analysis methodologies for complex socio – ecological complexity applied in the Mekong river basin
  • Includes specific cases of ecohydrology in the river basin, especially from the Mekong delta


Academics and water resources managers, fishery experts, aquatic scientists, social scientists; Political scientists and economists. river managers and scientists, undergraduate and graduate students in environmental and aquatic sciences

Table of Contents

  • 1. Climate and Climate change in the Mekong river basin
    2. Hydrology and water resources in the Mekong river basin (including impacts of Climate Change) Groundwater system?
    3. Land use, land cover change and degradation hotspots in Mekong River Basin over 2 past decades
    4. Flooding in the Mekong river basin
    5. Extreme drought in the Mekong river basin (hydrological, metrological and agriculture drought)
    6. Sediment dynamics in the Mekong river basin
    7. Aquatic biodiversity in Mekong rivers
    8. Water infrastructure development of drivers of hydropower investment taking the case study of Lao PDR
    9. Regional collaboration for water development projects
    10. Trans-boundary water governance in the Mekong countries
    11. Integrating water international principles into water diplomacy in the Lower Mekong Basin
    12. Water quality in the Vietnamese Mekong delta (livelihood + ecology)
    13. river and morphological change in the Mekong delta (+ socio-economic issues)
    14. Groundwater and land subsidence in the Mekong delta
    15. Salinity intrusion in the Mekong delta – causes and prospects
    16. Coastal disasters and nature – based solutions
    17. Livelihoods and climate change adaptation in the Mekong delta
    18. Agriculture transformation in the Mekong delta in the new era
    19. Synthesis
    20. The way forward

Product details

  • No. of pages: 600
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323908146

About the Editors

Hong Quan Nguyen

Dr. Hong Quan NGUYEN is currently an associate professor at the Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM). He is leading a newly established Institute for Circular Economy Development (ICED) and also is affiliated with socio-hydrology group at center of Water Management and Climate Change (WACC), Institute for Env. and Res. (IER), VNU-HCM. He has a special interest in solving environmental related issues based on inter/trans-disciplinary study and by a strong partnership among academia-industry-government. He has been working in water modeling (e.g. surface/ground- water modelling, saline intrusion, flood/drought, water pollution) in southern Vietnam over the past 15 years and expanded his expertise in other disciplines e.g. climate change adaptation/mitigation, circular economy, socio-ecological system, sustainability science. He has published actively at various (inter-)national journals, conferences/workshops including (co-)authored 35 ISI/Scopus indexed articles in the last 5 years.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), Vietnam

Heiko Apel

Dr. Heiko Apel is senior scientist in the section Hydrology of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience in Potsdam, the national public research centre for Geosciences in Germany. His interests and specializations are in flood risk and drought research and hydrological processes, particularly sediment dynamics, and hydraulic modelling. He has led several research projects in the Mekong Delta for the last 13 years, dealing with a wide range of scientific topics: flood hazard and the impact of climate change and human activities, river-floodplain-groundwater interactions, sediment dynamics in the Mekong delta with future projections, salinity intrusion modelling, and drought/salinity intrusion forecasting. He (co-)authored 22 international peer reviewed papers publishing the results of these projects in the Mekong Delta and the Lower Mekong Basin.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist, Hydrology of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience in Potsdam, the national public research centre for Geosciences, Germany

Quang Bao Le

Dr. Quang Bao Le is a senior scientist on Agricultural Livelihood Systems and Operational Integrated System Research at International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA). Before joining ICARDA he was a senior postdoctoral researcher (2009-2011) and Senior Scientist (2011-2015) at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. With a coupled human–environment system perspective, for the past 15 years his research has focused on the development and application of human-environment system methodologies to integrate multi-disciplinary scientific expertise with societal decision-making processes to foster sustainable agricultural livelihood systems. He received Breheny Prize 2013 for the best paper in Environment and Planning B journal and the Awards of Swiss Academy of Arts and Sciences 2013 for "Distinguished Achievement" in transdisciplinary research. He published more than 90 reviewed publications and supervised or co-supervised successfully 13 graduate students.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist, Agricultural Livelihood Systems and Operational Integrated System Research, International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Cairo, Egypt

Venkataramana Sridhar

Dr. Venkataramana Sridhar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. Dr. Sridhar earned his Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering at Oklahoma State University in 2001. Dr. Sridhar is a hydrologist and conducts modeling research to understand the impact of climate change on hydrology and water resources, water management, drought and flood modeling. His projects inform improved solutions to avoid water demand conflicts and improve potential yields from agriculture, ensuring a vibrant agricultural industry and enhancing food security. He has published more than 160 research articles, including 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and 85 technical papers at conferences and several invited talks nationally and internationally. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Idaho and Nebraska and a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, and Diplomate of American Academy of Water Resources Engineers

Affiliations and Expertise

Diplomate, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, Biological Systems Engineering Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

Ratings and Reviews

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for "The Mekong River Basin"