Climate Change Vulnerability Mapping for the Greater Mekong Sub-region

Kittiwet Kuntiyawichai, Vichian Plermkamon, Ramasamy Jayakumar, Dau Quan

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Abstract

Climate change poses a serious threat to the environment, socio-economic development, and livelihoods, especially those in developing countries, where severe natural disasters are common. Adaptation strategies and mitigation responses for the world’s most vulnerable people are needed, including in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (defined here as Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, and excluding Yunnan Province, China). Within this context, this study aims to identify the most vulnerable areas to climate change and climate-induced water problems in the Mekong countries. The study used the framework of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2001, by looking at the exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity of an area to adapt or recover from the effects of hazardous climate events. The results showed that Mekong countries would be affected more severely by major natural disasters, including tropical cyclones, floods, and droughts. Among the Mekong countries, we found that Thailand had a high adaptive capacity to climate change, whereas the western coastline of Myanmar and the Cambodian Mekong lowland region were the most vulnerable areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-173
Number of pages9
JournalChiang Mai University Journal of Natural Sciences
Volume16
Issue number3
Early online date1 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

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