Health Vulnerability Assessment to Climate Change in China

  • Tao LiuEmail author
  • Xing Li
  • Jianpeng Xiao
  • Weilin Zeng
  • Xin Liu
  • Baixiang Feng
  • Wenjun Ma


Health vulnerability assessment is a crucial step in the roadmap of adapting to climate change. The results could help health departments to better understand who and where are more vulnerable to climate change and hence implement corresponding intervention actions to reduce the burden of public health impacts and even increase the equity of social and economic development. Considering the severe climate change process confronting China that has the largest population size and broad territory with contrasting climatic characteristics, understanding the spatiotemporal distributions of health vulnerability to climate change is profoundly significant for central and local governments. Therefore, in this chapter we aimed to systemically review all available evidence on the health vulnerability to temperature and extreme weather events in China. We believe that the findings could provide explicit information for the evidence-based policy-making and risk management on climate change.


Climate change Health vulnerability assessment Exposure Sensitivity Adaptive capacity Extreme weather events Chinese 



This study was supported by the National Key Research and Development Program (2018YFA0606202), Guangdong Province Special Fund for Low-carbon Development (201616), Guangdong Province Public Health Innovation Platform Construction Program, and Guangzhou Science and Technology Program (201704020194).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tao Liu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Xing Li
    • 1
  • Jianpeng Xiao
    • 1
  • Weilin Zeng
    • 1
  • Xin Liu
    • 1
  • Baixiang Feng
    • 1
  • Wenjun Ma
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Guangdong Provincial Institute of Public Health, Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and PreventionGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.General Practice CenterNanhai Hospital, Southern Medical UniversityFoshanChina

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