Natural hazard impacts in small island developing states: A review of current knowledge and future research needs

Kirstie Méheux*, Dale Dominey-Howes, Kate Lloyd

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Abstract

Small island developing states (or SIDS) are exposed to a large number of natural hazards and many characteristics of small island developing states make them particularly vulnerable to the impacts of natural hazards. In spite of this acknowledged vulnerability, there are relatively few studies which focus on the impacts of natural hazards in these countries. This paper presents a review of our current state of knowledge of impacts in small island developing states and highlights a number of research needs. Central to these is the need to integrate natural hazards research within a sustainable development context and the need to exploit existing procedures such as government coordinated disaster impact assessments to generate a detailed understanding of natural hazards impacts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-446
Number of pages18
JournalNatural Hazards
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007

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