Economic Growth and Climate Change Challenges to Vietnamese Ports

Nguyen Danh Thao*, Hiroshi Takagi, Miguel Esteban

*Corresponding author for this work

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Climate change is arguably one of the main challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century, and the threat that it poses to ports and other coastal areas has only recently started to be fully understood. In this sense, climate change will probably have a disproportionate effect on coastal regions, and due to the forecast increase in sea level and tropical cyclone intensity caused by global warming, many ports in Vietnam could come under increased pressure in the course of the next century. In order to respond to such challenges, an action plan should be drafted to effectively respond to climate change, taking into account the activities of coastal communities and the development stage of the country. The present chapter aims to investigate and assess the long-term development of ports in Vietnam in the context of rapid economic growth and climate change. In order to do so, it is important to understand that the development of ports is tied to population growth and socioeconomic development. Thus, a brief summary on the ports in Vietnam will be given, followed by a discussion of the effects that climate change can have on these ports. Due to the importance that ports are expected to play in the economic development of Vietnam, it is clearly important that careful consideration should be given to long-term planning on where new ports should be located. Furthermore, how these ports will adapt to future climate change should be carefully assessed, in order to mainstream climate change adaptation into port development plans.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Disasters and Climate Change in Vietnam
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering and Planning Perspectives
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780128004791
ISBN (Print)9780128000076
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun 4
Externally publishedYes


  • Climate change
  • Coastal communities
  • Economic growth
  • Population
  • Port
  • Vietnam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science


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