Updated 26/11/20

Earth’s major rivers are essential to development due to their resources and transportation potential.

El Niño, la Niña, African and Asian monsoons, droughts and hurricanes are all meteorological phenomena that affect the Earth’s river basins. The Amazon, the Niger, the Mekong and the Rhône rivers have shown many episodes of fluctuating water levels which have become more frequent and intense in the past few years. Such disruptions cause a loss of biodiversity in these climates, damaging and destroying infrastructure as well as fishing activities, agriculture and town water supplies.

The question that remains is, what effect does the climate and more particularly, climate change, have on major river basins? This exhibition will answer this question with the help of results from scientific research programmes based on four major rivers: the Amazon, the Niger, the Mekong and the Rhône.

This exhibition was produced in partnership with: Aix-Marseille Université, l'IRSTEA, le CNRS et la Zone Atelier Bassin du Rhône.

Contact: exposition@ird.fr

Technical description of the panels 

  • 22 format 85 x 200 cm ; 4 format 150 x 100 cm
  • Available in french, english, spanish and portugues