Human Ecology of Climate Change Hazards: Concepts, Literature Review, and Methodology

  • An Thinh Nguyen
  • Luc Hens
Part of the Springer Climate book series (SPCL)


This introductory chapter provides the context and the scope of this book. It is structured in two main sections.

At first the motivation adapting an inter- to transdisciplinary, human ecological approach for the complex natural disaster problems is addressed. Among others, the consequences of this option are both a wide range of methods and the unavoidable uncertainty. The section on the human ecology of climate change hazards provides the conceptual model of the book: it combines the biophysical aspects with those of the human environment. A selection of the main effects of climate changes in Vietnam provides information on temperature trends that significantly varies over this long country. Next to temperature, also the variations in rain patterns and natural climates are introduced. Special attention is given to the coastal and mountainous study areas of this book.

Part two describes the methods used in the subsequent seven chapters. Of notice, a particular method may be used in different chapters. On the one hand, biophysical methods as remote sensing and GIS are described, with special reference to coastal erosion studies. On the other hand, methods which dovetail in the social sciences are discussed. They include the analysis of networks between stakeholders and monetary valuation studies. The human ecological way of thinking provides however particular attention to methods allowing the integration between biophysical and socioeconomic data. At this level, questionnaires, (variants of) Delphi studies, a combination of indicators and indexes, multi-criteria analysis, and spatial modeling are used.

The chapter is concluded by two tables indicating which methods are used in the seven remaining chapters of the book.


Human ecology Climate change hazard Time and space integration Analytical complete Combination methods Vietnam 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • An Thinh Nguyen
    • 1
  • Luc Hens
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Institute for Resources and Climate ChangeHanoi University of Natural Resources and EnvironmentHanoiVietnam
  2. 2.Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO)BrusselsBelgium

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