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Sustainability 2016, 8(1), 64; doi:10.3390/su8010064

Mapping Cross-Boundary Climate Change Vulnerability—Case Study of the Hualien and Taitung Area, Taiwan

The Third Division, Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, Taipei 106, Taiwan
Graduate Institute of Architecture and Urban Design, Chinese Culture University, Taipei 111, Taiwan
Department of Architecture, China University of Science and Technology, Taipei 115, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 20 October 2015 / Revised: 21 December 2015 / Accepted: 31 December 2015 / Published: 11 January 2016
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This study uses biophysical vulnerability and social vulnerability data from Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) to assess the vulnerable areas in Hualien County and Taitung County (Hualien-Taitung Area). The most vulnerable townships are Yanping and Chenggong townships in Taitung County, and the least vulnerable townships are Fuli, Jian, Yuli, Shoufeng and Fenglin townships in Hualien County. The severity of potential impacts to townships in Taitung County is greater than that to townships in Hualien County. In the context of climate change, the Hualien-Taitung Area must develop policies that prioritize policies and strategies for hotspot townships. Furthermore, the Hualien-Taitung Area should integrate long-term cross-boundary policies and strategies to lobby for increased funding from the central government. Moreover, cross-boundary resource integration and regional adaptation strategies should be merged to help the Hualien-Taitung Area move toward sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; vulnerability; adaptation; cross-boundary adaptation planning, resilience climate change; vulnerability; adaptation; cross-boundary adaptation planning, resilience

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Lee, Y.-J.; Lin, S.-C.; Chen, C.-C. Mapping Cross-Boundary Climate Change Vulnerability—Case Study of the Hualien and Taitung Area, Taiwan. Sustainability 2016, 8, 64.

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