Utilizing game theory as a strategic decision-making tool for city planners and policy makers

Researchers in the Quy Nhon region used game theory approaches to communicate local impacts related to climate change to city planners and policy makers. Game theory is the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers. The approach was used specifically to aid policy makers in understanding the options and implications of their decisions, actions, and inaction on flooding in their community. In this study, researchers recognize that increased flood risks caused by bad planning, such as construction that blocks drainage and amplifies floods, have been identified as good entry points with planners at provincial and national level. Researchers' initial findings have been used to build credibility, such as the finding that November 2013 floods in Vietnam were caused by untimely reservoir releases.

Climate Related Risk

Wetting trend, Flooding, Sea-level rise

Form of Option


Country of Origin



Municipality/urban area


The option has been identified and implemented with no indication that it will continue beyond the context of the project.

Institution / Legal Reach

Not indicated