Articles | Volume 21, issue 5
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1473–1493, 2021
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1473–1493, 2021
Research article
12 May 2021
Research article | 12 May 2021

Interacting effects of land-use change and natural hazards on rice agriculture in the Mekong and Red River deltas in Vietnam

Kai Wan Yuen et al.

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Short summary
We used flow diagrams to represent the ways in which anthropogenic land use and natural hazards have affected rice production in the two mega-deltas of Vietnam. Anthropogenic developments meant to improve productivity may create negative feedbacks on rice production and quality. Natural hazards further amplify problems created by human activities. A systems-thinking approach can yield nuanced perspectives for tackling environmental challenges.
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