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Climate Change and Impacts in the Pacific

  • Lalit Kumar

Part of the Springer Climate book series (SPCL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Lalit Kumar, Sadeeka Jayasinghe, Tharani Gopalakrishnan, Patrick D. Nunn
    Pages 1-31
  3. Patrick D. Nunn, Lalit Kumar, Roger McLean, Ian Eliot
    Pages 33-170
  4. Ian Eliot, Lalit Kumar, Matt Eliot, Tanya Stul, Roger McLean, Patrick D. Nunn
    Pages 225-250
  5. Savin S. Chand, Andrew Dowdy, Samuel Bell, Kevin Tory
    Pages 251-273
  6. Lalit Kumar, Tharani Gopalakrishnan, Sadeeka Jayasinghe
    Pages 275-294
  7. Lalit Kumar, Tharani Gopalakrishnan, Sadeeka Jayasinghe
    Pages 295-322
  8. Viliamu Iese, Siosiua Halavatau, Antoine De Ramon N’Yeurt, Morgan Wairiu, Elisabeth Holland, Annika Dean et al.
    Pages 323-357
  9. Johanna E. Johnson, Valerie Allain, Britt Basel, Johann D. Bell, Andrew Chin, Leo X. C. Dutra et al.
    Pages 359-402
  10. Tony Falkland, Ian White
    Pages 403-448
  11. Lalit Kumar, Sadeeka Jayasinghe, Tharani Gopalakrishnan
    Pages 449-474
  12. Patrick D. Nunn, Roger McLean, Annika Dean, Teddy Fong, Viliamu Iese, Manasa Katonivualiku et al.
    Pages 499-524
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 525-538

About this book


This edited volume addresses the impacts of climate change on Pacific islands, and presents databases and indexes for assessing and adapting to island vulnerabilities. By analyzing susceptibility variables, developing comprehensive vulnerability indexes, and applying GIS techniques, the book's authors demonstrate the particular issues presented by climate change in the islands of the Pacific region, and how these issues may be managed to preserve and improve biodiversity and human livelihoods. 

The book first introduces the issues specific to island communities, such as high emissions impacts, and discusses the importance of the lithological traits of Pacific islands and how these physical factors relate to climate change impacts. From here, the book aims to analyze the various vulnerabilities of different island sectors, and to formulate a susceptibility index from these variables to be used by government and planning agencies for relief prioritization. Such variables include tropical cyclones, built infrastructures, proximity to coastal areas, agriculture, fisheries and marine resources, groundwater availability, biodiversity, and economic impacts on industries such as tourism. Through the categorization and indexing of these variables, human and physical adaptation measures are proposed, and support solutions are offered to aid the inhabitants of affected island countries. This book is intended for policy makers, academics, and climate change researchers, particularly those dealing with climate change impacts on small islands.


Pacific island Countries (PICs) Island nation emissions Pacific Island Lithology Climate change susceptibility Projected sea level rises Whole-of-island susceptibility index Island sector vulnerabilities Tropical cyclones Population distribution in Pacific Islands Built infrastructures in the Pacific Climate risks to biodiversity Groundwater availability Island vulnerability Vulnerability of Pacific islands

Editors and affiliations

  • Lalit Kumar
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Environmental and Rural ScienceUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

About the editors

Dr. Lalit Kumar is a Professor in the School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England, NSW, Australia. He received his PhD in GIS/remote sensing at the University of New South Wales in 1998, has authored or co-authored 20 books or book chapters, and has published over 220 scientific papers in reputable journals. Additionally, he is an editor on a number international journals, such as Remote Sensing; ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing; Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk; PLoS ONE; Sustainability; and Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment. At UNE he teaches courses in GIS, remote sensing and image analysis, and spatial analysis and modeling. His research interests include the applications of spatial technologies, environmental modeling, ecological remote sensing, and climate change impacts on small island states in the Pacific and the Himalayas.

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