Encyclopedia of Coastal Science

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| Editors: Charles W. Finkl, Christopher Makowski

Small Islands

  • George A. Maul
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48657-4_293-2


What is a “small island ?”

The definition of a small islanddepends upon one’s perspective. Any country in the family of nations can declare themselves a member of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). AOSIS nations include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cape Verde, Comoros, Cook Islands, Cuba, Cyprus, Dominica, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kiribati, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Seychelles, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu; observer nations include American Samoa, Guam, the Netherlands Antilles, and the US Virgin Islands. AOSIS is a political organization of the United Nations, stemming from the 1990 Second World Climate Conference, which recognized Small Island Developing States (SIDS) as having...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ocean Engineering and SciencesFlorida Institute of TechnologyMelbourneUSA