Climate Change Research ›› 2013, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (3): 216-222.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1673-1719.2013.03.010

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Mountainous Residents’ Perceptions and Attitudes on Climate Change, Its Impacts and Adaptations—A Case Study of Mt. Yulong in Southeastern Tibetan Plateau

Wang Shijin, Li Man, Tan Chunping   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Received:2012-10-12 Revised:2012-11-23 Online:2013-05-30 Published:2013-05-30

Abstract: This paper explores residents’ perception and knowledge of local climate change and its impacts, and examines their attitudes to adapt to climate change impacts by means of a detailed questionnaires survey of 202 farm households in the Mt. Yulong region, southeastern Tibetan Plateau. The results indicate that, overall, residents’ perception intensity of temperature, snow cover, glacier and phenophase changes is highly consistent with scientific research in the region. Residents’ perception intensity of climate change impacts on the agriculture system is not very strong, and the residents think that climate change does not affect crops’ growing and their yields, however, they hold a favorable opinion to crop pests’ increasing slightly and crop growth period’s extending. Residents’ perception intensity of climate change and its adaptation shows a significant correlation with elevation on the whole, yet their perception intensity of climate change and its impacts is significantly correlated with their ages. Climate change has already forced residents to adjust industrial structure, develop water-saving agriculture economy, participate actively in the mountain tourism, and work in cities in order to adapt to climate change and make up for meager farm income. At the same time, they also expect that the government can provide them some compensation and relief for the disasters (e.g. drought and late spring coldness).

Key words: climate change, impact and adaptation, residents&rsquo, perception and attitude, Mt. Yulong

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