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Prospects for climate change on three Polynesian outliers in Solomon Islands: exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity

Rasmussen, K. and May, W. and Birk, T. and Mataki, Melchior and Mertz, O. (2011) Prospects for climate change on three Polynesian outliers in Solomon Islands: exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity. Geografisk Tidsskrift: Danish Journal of Geography, 111 (1). pp. 43-57. ISSN 0016-7223

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    Abstract

    This paper discusses future prospects for climate change, impacts and adaptation of three small islands in Solomon Islands. Based on a review of literature a climate change scenario is suggested and with point of departure in a survey of three characteristics of the islands – bio-physical conditions, economic base and social organization – the exposure, sensitivity and adaptation options of island populations are analyzed. It is argued that the three islands are likely to be very differently affected for reasons related to all three categories of characteristics. Local adaptive capacity is likely to be insufficient, especially in the case of Ontong Java (which is an atoll), and economic, social, institutional and political factors, external to the islands, will be of increasing importance.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
    Divisions: Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD)
    Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
    Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2011 15:32
    Last Modified: 25 Sep 2012 16:45
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/4811
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