Using a Coupled Human-Natural System to Assess the Vulnerability of the Karst Landform Region in China
AbstractGuizhou Plateau is a region in China that typically shows the contradictory human-earth system. A vulnerability assessment indicator system was constructed to explore the coupled human-natural system characteristic of the karst landform based on the grey correlation analysis mathematic model. The quantitative assessment results show that Qiandongnan and Tongren Districts belong to the slight degree of the sensitivity evaluation index. Bijie district belongs to the middle degree and the other districts of Guizhou Plateau belong to the light degree. In terms of the exposure and resilience evaluation index, only Guiyang City belongs to the slight degree and other districts are in the middle degree. Thus, Guizhou Plateau could be divided into three level zones based on the comprehensive vulnerability degree of the coupled human-natural system. The strong degree vulnerability zone includes Liupanshui City, Bijie City, Anshun City, and Qiannan District. The middle degree vulnerability zone includes the districts of Qiandongnan, Qianxinan, and Tongren and the city of Zunyi. The slight degree vulnerability zone only includes Guiyang City. The research results suggest that the coupled human-natural system in Guizhou Plateau has a high vulnerability. View Full-Text
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He, X.; Lin, Z.; Xiong, K. Using a Coupled Human-Natural System to Assess the Vulnerability of the Karst Landform Region in China. Sustainability 2015, 7, 12910-12925.
He X, Lin Z, Xiong K. Using a Coupled Human-Natural System to Assess the Vulnerability of the Karst Landform Region in China. Sustainability. 2015; 7(9):12910-12925.Chicago/Turabian Style
He, Xiang; Lin, Zhenshan; Xiong, Kangning. 2015. "Using a Coupled Human-Natural System to Assess the Vulnerability of the Karst Landform Region in China." Sustainability 7, no. 9: 12910-12925.