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Sustainability 2015, 7(10), 13073-13084;

Assessment of Ecological Vulnerability under Oil Spill Stress

Third Institute of Oceanography of State Oceanic Administration, Xiamen 361005, China
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Academic Editor: Xinyue Ye
Received: 16 July 2015 / Revised: 19 August 2015 / Accepted: 31 August 2015 / Published: 24 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geo-Informatics in Resource Management & Sustainable Ecosystem)
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Using the constituent elements of vulnerability, an evaluation index system for the ecological vulnerability of coastal areas under oil spill stress is established based on “Sensitivity–Adaptive Capacity-Exposure”. After selecting a gulf in China as the main case study in this work, the cluster analysis and reference method were applied in grading and value assigning for all indexes. In addition, the analytic hierarchy process and expert evaluation method were used to determine the index weighting. Finally, a comprehensive evaluation method was adopted in the evaluation studies on the ecological vulnerability of the gulf coastal zone under oil spill stress. Results show the differences between the gulf area and areas that belong to different ecologically-vulnerable areas under oil spill stress. View Full-Text
Keywords: oil spill stress; coastal zone; ecological vulnerability assessment oil spill stress; coastal zone; ecological vulnerability assessment

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Cai, L.; Yan, L.; Ni, J.; Wang, C. Assessment of Ecological Vulnerability under Oil Spill Stress. Sustainability 2015, 7, 13073-13084.

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