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Integrated assessment on the vulnerability of animal husbandry to snow disasters under climate change in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau
Wei, Yanqiang1,2; Wang, Shijin2; Fang, Yiping3; Nawaz, Zain1,4
Corresponding AuthorYanqiang Wei
2017-10-01
Source PublicationGLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE
ISSN0921-8181
Volume157Pages:139-152
SubtypeArticle
Abstract

Animal husbandry is a dominant and traditional source of livelihood and income in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is the third largest snow covered area in China and is one of the main snow disaster regions in the world. It is thus imperative to urgently address the issue of vulnerability of the animal husbandry sector to snow disasters for disaster mitigation and adaptation under growing risk of these disasters as a result of future climate change. However, there is very few literature reported on the vulnerability of animal husbandry in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. This assessment aims at identifying vulnerability of animal husbandry at spatial scale and to identify the reasons for vulnerability for adaptive planning and disaster mitigation. First, historical snow disaster characteristics have been analyzed and used for the spatial weight for vulnerability assessment. Second, indicator-based vulnerability assessment model and indicator system have been established. We combined risk of snow hazard, sensitivity of livestock to disaster, physical exposure to disaster, and community capacity to adapt to snow disaster in an integrated vulnerability index. Lastly, vulnerability of animal husbandry to snow disaster on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau has been evaluated. Results indicate that high vulnerabilities are mainly concentrated in the eastern and central plateau and that vulnerability decreases gradually from the east to the west. Due to global warming, the vulnerability trend has eased to some extent during the last few decades. High livestock density exposure to blizzard-prone regions and shortages of livestock barn and forage are the main reasons of high vulnerability. The conclusion emphasizes the important role of the local government and community to help local pastoralists for reducing vulnerability to snow disaster and frozen hazard. The approaches presented in this paper can be used for snow disaster mitigation, resilience enhancement and effectively reducing vulnerability to natural hazards in other regions.

KeywordVulnerability Snow Disaster Animal Husbandry Climate Change Qinghai-tibetan Plateau
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology ; Physical Sciences
DOI10.1016/j.gloplacha.2017.08.017
WOS Subject ExtendedPhysical Geography ; Geology
Indexed BySCI ; SSCI
WOS KeywordGLACIER-MELT MODEL ; ADAPTIVE CAPACITY ; MITIGATION STRATEGIES ; DEVELOPING-COUNTRIES ; FOOD SECURITY ; RISK ; LIVESTOCK ; IMPACTS ; ADAPTATION ; SYSTEMS
Language英语
Quartile2区
TOP
WOS SubjectGeography, Physical ; Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000413612100011
Funding OrganizationOpen Foundation of the State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences ; Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, CAS(SKLCS-OP-2014-09) ; National Natural Science Foundation of China(41690143) ; China Postdoctoral Science Foundation(2014M562476) ; Foundation for Excellent Youth Scholars of Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, CAS(Y451261001)
Accession numberAccession number: 20173704155433
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Cited Times:15[WOS]   [WOS Record]     [Related Records in WOS]
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/19062
Collection山区发展研究中心
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Northwest Inst Ecoenvironm & Resources, Key Lab Remote Sensing Gansu Prov, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Northwest Inst Ecoenvironm & Resources, State Key Lab Cryospher Sci, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Mt Hazards & Environm, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, Peoples R China
4.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
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Wei, Yanqiang,Wang, Shijin,Fang, Yiping,et al. Integrated assessment on the vulnerability of animal husbandry to snow disasters under climate change in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau[J]. GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE,2017,157:139-152.
APA Wei, Yanqiang,Wang, Shijin,Fang, Yiping,&Nawaz, Zain.(2017).Integrated assessment on the vulnerability of animal husbandry to snow disasters under climate change in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE,157,139-152.
MLA Wei, Yanqiang,et al."Integrated assessment on the vulnerability of animal husbandry to snow disasters under climate change in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau".GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE 157(2017):139-152.
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