Comparative Analysis of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to Sea Level Rise Scenarios

Authors: Kieran Maynard*, , Neil Oculi, School for Field Studies, Mark A. Boyer, The University of Connecticut
Topics: Hazards and Vulnerability, Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Coastal and Marine
Keywords: Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Sea Level Rise, Geospatial Modeling, Population, Infrastructure, Africa, Caribbean Islands, Pacific Islands, Vulnerability
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 22
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Climate change presents the most significant security threats to Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Sea Level Rise presents abrupt and slow on threats to SIDS. The impacts of inundation due to major hazard events such as storms are increasing both in intensity and frequencies. To critically assess the impact of SLR within SIDS, this research applies geospatial techniques to evaluate various potential levels of vulnerabilities. To better understand the regional and national vulnerabilities of SIDS, we analyze and compare how different SLR scenarios will impact island nations across the Caribbean, Pacific, and African regions. This study focuses on the impacts of SLR on SIDS by examining the area of possible inundation, potential populations at risk, and critical infrastructures such as buildings and roads.

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