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Environmental awareness and vulnerability in the Yellow River Delta: Results based on a comprehensive household survey

Wolters, Michel and Zhongchang, Sun and Chong, Huang and Kuenzer, Claudia (2016) Environmental awareness and vulnerability in the Yellow River Delta: Results based on a comprehensive household survey. Ocean & Coastal Management, 120, pp. 1-10. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.11.009 ISSN 0964-5691

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In this paper, we present the results of a comprehensive survey concerning environmental awareness and vulnerability, conducted in October 2013 in the Yellow River Delta, China. The purpose of this survey is to provide insight to the vulnerability of rural households and their livelihoods to internal and external threats, such as flooding, oil spills, droughts, erosion, and salinization. Education level, awareness, opinions regarding pollution and available public utilities and facilities are also polled. Specific questions regarding agriculture and aquaculture activities are included. It is the most comprehensive questionnaire regarding social vulnerability in the area to date, with 93 households interviewed with the aid of an interpreter. The results show that the respondents generally have a low education; many earn below minimum wage for the area, and are not aware of global processes of climate variability and sea level rise. Cotton and maize are the predominant agriculture crops farmed in the area, while ground salinization is a major threat to agriculture. The results of this survey can be used in a follow up study in conjunction with a separate spatial data analysis (e.g. earth observation, census) to assess the social vulnerability in the Yellow River Delta in a spatially representative fashion.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/100333/
Document Type:Article
Title:Environmental awareness and vulnerability in the Yellow River Delta: Results based on a comprehensive household survey
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Wolters, Michelmichel.wolters (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kuenzer, Claudiaclaudia.kuenzer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:February 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Ocean & Coastal Management
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.11.009
Page Range:pp. 1-10
Keywords:Yellow River Delta; Household survey; Social; Vulnerability
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Fernerkundung der Landoberfläche (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Wolters, Michel Leonard
Deposited On:02 Dec 2015 10:52
Last Modified:08 Mar 2018 18:38

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