Coastal Disasters and Climate Change in Vietnam

1st Edition

Engineering and Planning Perspectives

Editors: Nguyen Danh Thao Hiroshi Takagi Miguel Esteban
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128000076
eBook ISBN: 9780128004791
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 4th June 2014
Page Count: 424
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Coastal Disasters and Climate Change in Vietnam is the first book to focus specifically on natural hazards and climate change in Vietnam. The book examines threats such as tropical cyclones, sea-level rise, flooding, erosion, and salinity intrusion, and their respective effects on coastal structures and environments. It also looks at crucial management and mitigation efforts, including breakwater design, irrigation systems, coastal dunes and dikes, and more.

The challenges faced by this country in the future will have important regional and global repercussions; areas such as the Mekong Delta produce a significant proportion of the world’s rice, and coastal impacts on this region will have far-reaching economic and public health effects. This book is an important source of information for government and local policy makers, environmental and climate scientists, and engineers.

Key Features

  • Broad coverage of climate challenges specific to the region, including sea-level rise, storms, erosion, and more
  • Assessments of impact on, and effects of, economic development and port construction
  • Examination of public policy responses to climate change


Engineers, policy makers, government officials and educated members of the public in general

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • List of Contributors
  • Introduction: Coastal Disasters and Climate Change in Vietnam

    • I.1 Need for Better Coastal Planning for Sustainable Coastal Development
    • I.2 Vietnamese Coasts and Coastal Disasters
    • I.3 Vulnerability of Vietnamese Coasts to Climate Change
    • I.4 Aim of This Book
    • References
  • Section 1: Typhoon, Storm Surge and Coastal Erosion

    • 1. Tropical Cyclones and Storm Surges in Southern Vietnam

      • 1.1 Introduction
      • 1.2 Tropical Cyclones in Vietnam
      • 1.3 Storm Surges in Vietnam
      • 1.4 Discussion
      • 1.5 Conclusions
      • References
    • 2. Impacts of Typhoons on the Vietnamese Coastline: A Case Study of Hai Hau Beach and Ly Hoa Beach

      • 2.1 Introduction
      • 2.2 Typhoons and Their Impact
      • 2.3 Typhoons in Vietnam
      • 2.4 Analysis of Typhoon Impact
      • 2.5 Effects of Climate Change on Typhoons
      • 2.6 Concluding Remarks
      • Acknowledgments
      • References
    • 3. Coastline and River Mouth Evolution in the Central Part of the Red River Delta

      • 3.1 Introduction
      • 3.2 Geography
      • 3.3 Socioeconomic Conditions
      • 3.4 Physical Setting and Hydrometeorological Parameters
      • 3.5 The History of RRD Evolution
      • 3.6 Coastline and River Mouth Evolution in Central Part of the RRD
      • 3.7 Computations of Coastline Retreat at Hai Hau Beach
      • 3.8 Conclusions
      • Acknowledgments
      • References
    • 4. Assessment of Vietnam Coastal Erosion and Relevant Laws and Policies

      • 4.1 Introduction
      • 4.2 Background
      • 4.3 Present Status of Erosion
      • 4.4 Factors Influencing Coastal Erosion
      • 4.5 Major Solutions for Coastal Erosion
      • 4.6 Relevant Laws and Policies for Addressing Coastal Erosion
      • 4.7 Conclusions
      • References
    • 5. Area Coast


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About the Editor

Nguyen Danh Thao

Hiroshi Takagi

Miguel Esteban