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000030310 041__ $$aEnglish
000030310 100__ $$aLiu, J.
000030310 245__ $$aHuman Settlement and Regional Development in the Context of Climate Change: A Spatial Analysis of Low Elevation Coastal Zones in China
000030310 269__ $$cMarch 2015
000030310 260__ $$c2015
000030310 300__ $$a527-546
000030310 520__ $$aLow elevation coastal zone (LECZ) in China is densely populated and economically developed, which is exposed to increasing risks of hazards related to climate change and sea level rise. To mitigate risks and achieve sustainable development, we need to better understand LECZ. As the first step, in this paper we define the extent of the LECZ in China, and analyze the spatial distribution of LECZ and its population, using a geographic information system software (ArcGIS) to combine elevation models and population data sets. Our findings show that, overall, this zone covers 2.0 % of China’s land area but contains 12.3 % of the total population, which is the largest population living in LECZ in the world. There are large regional variations in the distribution of both LECZ and LECZ population, with half of the LECZ within 30 km from the coastline, and Jiangsu Province having the largest LECZ area and population. The LECZ is also concentrated in three major economic zones in China, which accounts for 54 % of LECZ and three quarters of all LECZ population in China. The impact of future climate change on China’s LECZ is exacerbated by rapid economic and population growth, urbanization and environmental degradation. Coordinating development in coastal and inland China, enhancing adaptive capacity and implementing integrated risk management for LECZ are needed to reduce the risks related to climate change and to achieve sustainable development.
000030310 653__ $$aPopulation Distribution
000030310 653__ $$aClimate Change
000030310 653__ $$aHazard Risk
000030310 653__ $$aLow Elevation Coastal Zone
000030310 653__ $$aChina
000030310 700__ $$aWen, J.
000030310 700__ $$aHuang, Y.
000030310 700__ $$aShi, M.
000030310 700__ $$aMeng, Q.
000030310 700__ $$aDing, J.
000030310 700__ $$aXu, H.
000030310 773__ $$pMitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change
000030310 773__ $$v20 (4)
000030310 773__ $$a10.1007/s11027-013-9506-7
000030310 8564_ $$uhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11027-013-9506-7$$yExternal link (Open Access)
000030310 980__ $$aARTICLE