Department für Geographie






Liang Emlyn Yang

Dr. Liang Emlyn Yang

Wissenschaftler/in (Drittmittel)
Social resilience to climate impacts; Modelling flood adaptation in urban context


Lehr- und Forschungseinheit Mensch-Umwelt-Beziehungen
Luisenstraße 37
80333 München


Luisenstraße 37
Dritter Stock
80333 München
Raum A 318

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Weitere Informationen zur Person


Call for Papers of the Special Issue: Future risk and adaptation in coastal cities. 01 Oct 2020 - 30 Sep 2021. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS).   >>more  


Call for Papers of the Special Issue: Social Resilience to Climate Changes Over the Past 5000 Years. 01 Jun 2019 - 01 Oct 2020. Environmental Research Letters




Dr. Liang Emlyn Yang (杨亮, 字也明) is a geographer studying on human-environment relations with focus on long-term climate adaptation and resilience. Household survey, stakeholder network analysis, agent-based model and geo-information systems are often applied in the studies. Emlyn is currently working on urbanization, flood risks and resilience building in Southeast Asia and China. 


Education and professions

> Since 06.2019: Senior Researcher/Lecture, Department of Geography, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), Munich, Germany

> 01.2016-05.2019: Postdoc Researcher/Lecturer, Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” (German Excellence Initiative), Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology, Kiel University, Germany.

> 01.2015-12.2016: Postdoc researcher, Resilient Cities Lab, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University, Boston, USA (offer refused)

> 08.2014-12.2015: Postdoc researcher, Institute of Geography and the Department of Mathematics, University of Hamburg, Germany

> 10.2010-07.2014: PhD at Institute of Geography, Excellence Cluster "Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction" (CliSAP), University of Hamburg, Germany (Prof. Jürgen Scheffran, Prof. Jürgen Oßenbrügge, Dr. Michael Waibel)

> 09.2007-07.2010: MSc at Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

> 09.2002-07.2006: BSc at School of Resources and Environment, Southwest University, Chongqing, China


Research Projects

> FloodAdaptVN: Integrating Ecosystem-based Approaches into Flood Risk Management for Adaptive and Sustainable Urban Development in Central Viet Nam. Funding by BMBF (08.2019 - 01.2021)

> DECIDER -  DECisions for adaptive pathway design and the Integrative Development, Evaluation and governance of flood Risk reduction measures in transforming urban-rural-systems. Funding by BMBF - CLIENT II (05.2019 – 04.2022). 

> Assessing and managing risk-based resilience to climate-change-related flood risk in Hong Kong. Funding by the DAAD-Hong Kong PPP Programme (01.2018-12.2019).

> The Rise and Fall: Environmental Factors in the Socio-Cultural Changes of the Ancient Silk Road Area. Joint funding by Kiel University and the Past Global Changes (PAGES) (07.2017-12.2018).

> Community-based social responses to flood impacts in the mountainous Northern Pakistan. Funding by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (01.2017-12.2018).

> Carbon effects of the rural livelihood transitions in the Three Gorges Reservoir area (1978-2017): Household level analysis for policy initiation. Funding by German Foreign Ministry via Germany Consulate in Chengdu, China (06.2016-05.2017).

> UrbMod: Urban areas in change – Development of a multi-sector urban development impact model. Funding by Hamburg State Government (01.2015-12.2017).

> Adaptation and response of urban cluster to climate change in the Pearl River Delta, China (PhD thesis, 10.2010-07.2014)

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Selected publications

> X Song, LE Yang, F Xia, G Zhao, J Xiang, J Scheffran, 2020. An inverted U-shaped curve relating farmland vulnerability to biological disasters: Implications for sustainable intensification in China. Science of The Total Environment, 138829

> Liang Emlyn Yang, 2020. Book Review: Improving Water Supply: To Meet Demand or to Pursue Perfection? Water Economics and Policy, 2080002

> Congshan Tian, Yiping Fang, Liang Emlyn Yang, Chenjia Zhang, 2019. Spatial-temporal analysis of community resilience to multi-hazards in the Anning River basin, Southwest China. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 101144

> Yang, L.E.; Bork, H.R.; Fang, X.; Mischke, S., Eds. 2019. Socio-Environmental Dynamics along the Historical Silk Road. Springer-Nature, Cham, Switzerland. February 2019. 535 Pages.

>Yang, L.E.; Bork, H.R.; Fang, X.; Mischke, S.; Weinelt, M.; Wiesehöfer, J., 2019. On the paleo-climatic/environmental impacts and social-cultural system resilience along the historical Silk Road. In: Yang, et al., (Eds) 2019. Socio-Environmental Dynamics along the Historical Silk Road. Springer-Nature, Cham, Switzerland. February 2019. P3-22.

> Yang, L.E.; Hoffmann, P.; Scheffran, J.; Rühe, S.; Fischereit, J.; Gasser, I., 2018. An agent-based modeling framework for simulating human exposure to environmental stresses in urban areas. Urban Science, 2018, 2(2):36.

> Yang, L.E.; Scheffran, J.; Süsser, D.; Dawson, R.; Chen, Y.D., 2018. Assessment of Flood Losses with Household Responses: Agent-based Simulation in an Urban Catchment Area. Environmental Modelling and Assessment, 23(4):369-388.

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FReCom: Flood risk management and resilience building at community level in rapidly growing cities in China and Germany (01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023) >> mehr

FloodAdaptVN: Integrating Ecosystem-based Approaches into Flood Risk Management for Adaptive and Sustainable Urban Development in Central Viet Nam (01.08.2019 - 31.01.2021) >> mehr

LIRLAP: Linking Disaster Risk Governance and Land-use Planning: the case of informal settlements in hazard-prone areas in the Philippines (01.07.2019 - 31.12.2020) >> mehr

DECIDER: DECisions for Adaptive Pathway Design and the Integrative Development, Evaluation and Governance of Flood Risk Reduction Measures in Transforming Urban-Rural-Systems
(01.05.2019 - 30.04.2022) >> mehr