Natural Hazards

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 429–446 | Cite as

Natural hazard impacts in small island developing states: A review of current knowledge and future research needs

  • Kirstie MéheuxEmail author
  • Dale Dominey-Howes
  • Kate Lloyd
Original Paper


Small island developing states (or SIDS) are exposed to a large number of natural hazards and many characteristics of small island developing states make them particularly vulnerable to the impacts of natural hazards. In spite of this acknowledged vulnerability, there are relatively few studies which focus on the impacts of natural hazards in these countries. This paper presents a review of our current state of knowledge of impacts in small island developing states and highlights a number of research needs. Central to these is the need to integrate natural hazards research within a sustainable development context and the need to exploit existing procedures such as government coordinated disaster impact assessments to generate a detailed understanding of natural hazards impacts.


Small island developing states Natural hazard impacts Vulnerability Future needs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kirstie Méheux
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dale Dominey-Howes
    • 2
  • Kate Lloyd
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physical GeographyMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Risk Frontiers, Department of Physical GeographyMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Human GeographyMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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