Felix Dörr accompanies drilling and installation of a land subsidence observatory in the Mekong Delta
As part of his doctoral project, Felix Dörr, young scientist at the Hector Fellow Academy, spent three weeks in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam conducting research on land subsidence and groundwater salinization in November and December 2022.
During his visit, the land subsidence observatory, which represents a major aspect of Felix Dörr’s doctoral project, was drilled and installed. The knowledge gained from these studies forms a profound understanding of the dynamic processes of land subsidence and can be the basis of a sustainable water resource management in the Mekong Delta and other delta areas around the globe. Young Scientist Felix Dörr is enthusiastic about his research trip in Vietnam: “It was super exciting and we were able to install a complex and so far unique monitoring system in the Mekong Delta to better understand the causes of land subsidence.”
The Mekong Delta, home for about 17 million people, is being confronted with increasingly existence-threatening environmental changes since several years, in particular land subsidence and groundwater salinization. One of the main reasons for this is considered to be the high extraction of groundwater. In his doctoral project, Felix Dörr tries to develop a better understanding of these processes by using innovative measurement technologies and examines the effect of potential countermeasures. His doctoral thesis is supervised by Hector Fellow Franz Nestmann.