Education-plus June 2021 | 超越教育 2021年6月

Dr Pei Qing has co-authored a ground-breaking study on human adaptation to climate change, which was recently published in the prestigious academic journal Nature . The study differs from previous works, as it analyses examples from different centuries using the expertise of scholars in a wide range of fields including geography, archaeology, history and paleoclimatology. Led by Dr Dagomar Degroot from Georgetown University, 18 academics working at universities in Germany, Poland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, mainland China and Hong Kong selected different societies across continents for case analysis covering two climatic eras: the Late Antique Little Ice Age around the 6th century; and the Little Ice Age from the 13th to 19th centuries. Historical examples Dr Pei, Associate Professor of the Department of Social Sciences at EdUHK, contributed to revising the design and framework of the entire study, and co-authored the example of north-eastern China in the 17th century when the usual monsoons failed to arrive. While the people of Ming dynasty China struggled to survive, the neighbouring Jianzhou Jurchens thrived. This was down to the Jurchens’ tradition of hunting and fishing, which made them highly mobile to find cultivated land, control trade networks and plunder food. 裴卿博士參與的一項創新研究,探討人類在氣候變化 下的適應力,近月登上國際權威學術期刊《自然》。 有別於過往研究,團隊雲集地理學、考古學、歷史學、 古氣候學等領域的專家,擷取及分析來自不同世紀的 歷史案例。 由喬治城大學Dagomar Degroot博士領軍,研究團 隊內的十八名學者來自德國、波蘭、瑞士、英國、美 國、內地及香港。團隊選取了不同大陸板塊的社會或 族群進行案例分析,包括兩個氣候時代:近六世紀的 「古小冰期」及十三至十九世紀的「小冰期」。 歷史案例 教大社會科學系副教授裴卿博士就整個研究設計給 予意見,加以改良,並參與編撰其中一個案例。該案 例顯示在十七世紀,中國東北部季候風減弱,出現乾 旱,導致明朝民眾生活艱苦。與此同時,女真族則憑 藉其狩獵採集的民族傳統,以及卓越的流動性,向南 移動、尋找沃土、控制貿易路徑和豪取糧食,安然渡 過危機。 Adapting to climate change: study published in Nature 研究刊《自然》:人類在氣候變化下的適應力 Dr Pei Qing 裴卿博士 Research 研究 12 ︱ Education-plus 超越教育