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Human Ecology of Climate Change Hazards in Vietnam

Risks for Nature and Humans in Lowland and Upland Areas


Part of the Springer Climate book series (SPCL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Background

  3. Risks for Nature and Humans in the Lowland

  4. Risks for Nature and Humans in the Uplands

  5. Policy Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 161-174

About this book


This book analyzes climate change associated effects in the mountainous and coastal environments of Vietnam. The scope of the book allows international comparisons to be made between these two affected areas and other similarly affected locations under constant environmental pressure. Frequent and intense climate change hazards are described, along with a wider context of integrated interpretations, socioeconomic implications and policy responses. The book reports on original research combining methodologies from the natural sciences with approaches in human sciences, providing an interdisciplinary human ecological context to analyze similar situations worldwide. 

The book is structured in four parts. The first part offers background information, and details the human ecological framework. The geography of the analyzed regions is discussed to reflect the environmental and socioeconomic context of Vietnam's coasts and mountains. The second part addresses the coast of Central Vietnam. The effects of tropical storms, floods, rising sea levels and coastal erosion in Ky Anh are studied to highlight the impacts on the local population and its development perspectives. The third part focuses on the uplands of Northern Vietnam. The effects of cyclones, heavy rains, floods, flash floods, and landslides in the Van Chan Mountains are studied to compare the biophysical and socioeconomic impacts. Part four makes policy recommendations in building resilient landscapes and green cities, and discusses the potential implications of findings for practice in Vietnam. The book addresses a wide array of researchers, geography and economics students, consultants and decision makers interested in the actual status and the likely developments on the physical, socioeconomic and mitigation and adaptation attitudes and policies of climate change associated effects. 


Climate change in Vietnam Coastal erosion in Ky Anh Human ecological approach The Delphi technique Digital shoreline analysis system (DSAS) Damage valuation The Van Chan Mountains Sectorial impacts Sea level rise Master planning

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Research Institute for Resources and Climate ChangeHanoi University of Natural Resources and EnvironmentHanoiVietnam
  2. 2.Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO)BrusselsBelgium

About the authors

Assoc. Professor Dr. Nguyen An Thinh is the Director of the Research Institute for Resources and Climate Change (IRC) at Hanoi Natural Resources and Environment University (HUNRE), Vietnam, and the Vice-President of the International Association of Landscape Ecology in Vietnam region (VN-IALE). His research focuses include geography of Vietnam, human geography, quantitative geography, and mountainous landscape ecology. 

Dr. Luc Hens is a scientific adviser for ”Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek”  (VITO), a leading European independent research and technology organisation in the areas of clean-tech and sustainable development, and a former professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Begium. His research interests include environmental health, interdisciplinary instruments for environmental management, and sustainable development. 

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