Advances in Earth Science ›› 2009, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (9): 1033-1041. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2009.09.1033

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Review of Sensitivity Research on the Context of Global Change

Cui Shenghui 1, Li Fangyi 1,2, Huang Jing 1,2,3, Yu Yuxian 1,2   

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Urban Environment and Health, Institute of Urban Environment, CAS,Xiamen 361021, China;
    2.Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
    3.Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS, Beijing 100085, China
  • Received:2009-04-27 Revised:2009-07-14 Online:2009-09-10 Published:2009-09-10
  • Contact: Lee Fang-Yi
  • Supported by:

    Integrated Assessment of Urban Coastal Vulnerability under Environmental Changes

Cui Shenghui, Li Fangyi, Huang Jing, Yu Yuxian. Review of Sensitivity Research on the Context of Global Change[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2009, 24(9): 1033-1041.

       Sensitivity is a hot topic of global change research. It provides scientific basis for human to adapt to global change with the knowledge of the interaction between global change and ecological security. Based on the discussing the concepts and contents of sensitivity on the context of global change, a research framework of sensitivity was put forward. After enumerating the objects, fields and targets of sensitivity analysis and sensitivity assessment, the methods and practices of sensitivity analysis were systematically summarized from biological experiments, field observations, models and statistical analysis. Meanwhile, an overview of sensitivity assessment through non-vulnerability framework and vulnerability framework were provided. Sensitivity assessment was an important portion of vulnerability framework in many projects, but it also appeared separately when assessing the sensitivity of natural ecosystem to environment changes. Finally the characteristics of sensitivity research at the present stage were discussed; the emphases and the development direction of sensitivity research were pointed out.

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