Biophysical and socioeconomic risk factors—such as terrain, population distribution, settlement patterns, poverty, and governance—can combine to produce high levels of vulnerability to heavy rainfall, flooding, and landslides.
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Increasing understanding of the extent of coastal erosion and its interaction with other naturally existing geographical features such as mangrove vegetation is one of the areas of research that may help reduce vulnerability of small-island developing states to climate hazards.
Improved satellite technology can enable more detailed and precise analysis of urban development patterns over time.
By basing efforts to improve soil fertility directly on soil nutrient composition, the Ministry of Ethiopia will be able to identify key problems that are often overlooked, and to customize responses.
Country efforts to improve the health and well-being of its populace may be helped by insights from improved population distribution data.
Focusing on near-term probabilities can also aid in decreasing vulnerability to future climate uncertainties.
Mapping flood exposure in Haiti is part of ongoing research at CIESIN on environmental risks and integrated development there.
Roads data are critical to planning and development of rural transportation in developing countries, where better transportation systems can help improve livelihoods.
Researchers using nighttime lights data to ask questions about economic development in sub-Saharan Africa have findings counter to expectation.
The Social Process Diagram published in 1992 was an attempt to map out the key systems and interactions among systems that were seen as underpinning the human drivers of global environmental change.