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2) was carried out with the specific intention of gaining an understanding of people’s perceptions and experiences. A highlight in the final phase of the fieldwork was an expedition in September and October 1994 from the Darjiling Himalayas through Assam and the Meghalaya Hills down to the Bay of Bengal. During this expedition the entire project team had the unique opportunity to observe and discuss climatology, hydrology, geomorphology, floods and other hazards, agricultural systems, land-use techniques, indigenous strategies to cope with a dynamic environment, and so on, at the different zones and levels of the highland– lowland system.

1987). The Ganga is typically a meandering river system and the Brahmaputra is a braiding river system. In certain stretches within Bangladesh, the Brahmaputra is a river system of 13 km width, which forms more or less one large water body during the monsoon season and which is divided into a number of distinct channels during the dry season (see back cover). The Ganga, and even more so the Brahmaputra, are characterized both by high rates of lateral erosion and by rapidly changing sedimentation processes.

EAM, ISWM, WAfM and NAmSM indicate, respectively, the East Asia Monsoon, the Indian Southwest Monsoon, the West African Monsoon and the North American Summer Monsoon. NEWM, ANWM, NAmWM and AfWM show the locations of the Northeast Winter Monsoon, the Australian Northwest Monsoon, the North American Winter Monsoon and the African Winter Monsoon. 2). Because of the Coriolis force, the winds are diverted in an easterly direction when crossing the equator. The resulting southwesterly winds are called monsoon winds.

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