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Coastal urban climate-resilience planning in Quy Nhon, Vietnam

Climate change, sea-level rise and associated events such as shoreline erosion, coastal flooding and water pollution could affect coastal areas in a variety of ways. New approaches to understanding urban planning and land, water, waste and ecosystem management are needed.
In this working paper, we have used a series of Landsat satellite images from 1973 to 2013 to detect changes in urban areas and shoreline modifications of Quy Nhon City, Vietnam. Results show that the changes are significantly associated with anthropogenic activity. We also used logistic regression to test the relevant spatial variables involved in the urban expansion process.
Our study reveals that urban planning is a spatial decision-making process, which requires a multi-disciplinary research approach. It should take into account a range of factors from social aspects to the natural conditions of the urban territory, which is required to consider city development in a global context.

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The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is an eight-year, multi-country initiative working with cities across the world to increase resilience to climate change. IIED is a regional partner within ACCCRN.

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