Southeast Asian Rivers: Assessment and Modelling of Sediment transport in the Irrawaddy and Sarawak Rivers

Global studies have ascertained that Southeast Asian have sediment loads one to two orders of magnitude greater than rivers draining other mountainous areas of the world. Although that assumption had been accepted by the international community, the amount of data from tropical insular Asia is very limited and systematic studies were not yet carried out in the region.

The Baram river and the forest in Sarawak (Source: Edgardo M. Latrubesse)

The Baram river and the landscape of Borneo (Source: Edgardo M. Latrubesse)

Based on a combination of geomorphologic and sedimentologic field data, mapping and the application of field based remote sensing models of Suspended Sediment Concentration (SSC). This project aims to produce a new sediment budget for the regions with focus on the largest island, Borneo, and detailed studies in the Sarawak region (Malaysia).

A long house village along the Baram river in Sarawak (Source: Edgardo M. Latrubesse)

Funding Sources: 

  • Startup Grant

Project Years: 

2019
2020
2021
2022