Mapping vulnerability of island communities to climate change and globalization: a case study of Ragged Island, Bahamas

Authors: Nia Cambridge*, , David Salisbury, University of Richmond
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Hazards and Vulnerability, Anthropocene
Keywords: Caribbean, Climate Change, Islands, Sustainable Development, GIS, Extreme Events
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Multiple-factors came together to produce the wide-scale destruction experienced in the small and remote island community of Ragged Island, Bahamas in September 2017. The intensity and impact of Hurricane Irma, like many other recent Atlantic hurricanes has been linked to global climate change. However, long before Irma left the island uninhabitable, Ragged Island had been the victim of geopolitics, marginalization, and out-migration. This case study uses Geographic Information Systems to cross reference national-scale spatial data on climate, demography, and development, with ethnographic research on local perceptions of globalization and climate change. Results capture the vulnerability of remote islands and their inhabitants and indicate continuing challenges related to inequality, sustainable development and marginalization.

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