Delta Research And Global Observation Network (DRAGON)

Recent Accomplishments of the DRAGON Partnership

  • December 2007 – A worldwide community of practice was established, resulting in the exchange of scientists and information.

  • January 2008 – A Web site ( was developed and is regularly updated. It has more than 2,000 publications featured in a digital library for 15 of the world’s megadeltas.

  • June 2008 – A Presidential Signing Statement by the U.S. President and Vietnamese Prime Minister highlighted DRAGON efforts in a bilateral agreement for scientific and educational cooperation.

  • 2008 – Regional DRAGON workshops have built capacity in Ethiopia (Nile Basin), Brazil (Amazon Basin), and Thailand (Lower Mekong Basin).

  • November 2008 – The DRAGON Institute–Mekong was opened as the first cooperative institute under the DRAGON partnership, with support of the U.S. Government through the Ambassador.

  • June 2009 – The DRAGON Asia Summit in Cambodia hosted 130 participants from 11 nations.

  • July 2009 – USGS scientists met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and representatives of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development to discuss with foreign ministers the Secretary’s Lower Mekong Initiative, which includes the DRAGON, the USGS Forecast Mekong visualization tools, and the Sister-River initiative.
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Delta Research and Global Observation Network (DRAGON)