A Geographic analysis of the impact of scale and isolation on coping with hazards on small islands

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Small islands, such as those found in the Pacific, experience the impacts of their relatively unique geographic profiles in relation to hazards and vulnerability in at least four ways: 1) perception and communication; 2) impact; 3) technology; and 4) socio-environmental justice. Analysis in these four areas highlights distinct ways in which hazards and vulnerability should be conceptualized in the under-researched small islands of the world. Lessons from this analysis will aid in understanding small island scenarios, as well as lend guidance to those seeking direct intervention for mitigation of, and adaptation to, technological and natural hazards.


Emergency management; Islands; Natural disasters


International and Intercultural Communication | Other International and Area Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences


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