Map showing islands in the Pacific categorised into eight broad types: composite high, composite low, limestone high, limestone low, volcanic high, volcanic low, continental and reef island. A 30m cut-off was used between high and low islands. Map 1 of 3. A classification of island types in the Pacific was produced on the basis of the lithology (or rock type) and maximum elevation of each island. These two variables - lithology and elevation - reflect the dominant controls on key diagnostic characteristics of Pacific islands including their relief, drainage (surface and subsurface) erodibility and resistance, and their landscapes and landscape processes.

Scale 1:10,000,000 The other maps in this set are: Sheet 2 - €˜Indicative susceptibility of island types to climate change; Sheet 3 - €˜Geomorphic sensitivity of Pacific Island coasts to future climate-ocean processes€™.

The other outputs from this PACCSAP-funded project are:

(1) Technical report: €˜Regional Coastal Susceptibility Assessment for the Pacific Islands: Technical Report

(2) Summary report: Regional Coastal Susceptibility Assessment for the Pacific Islands: Summary Report.

 This publication was produced under the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science Adaptation Planning (PACCSAP) programme as part of a Regional Coastal Susceptibility Assessment for the Pacific. See Regional coastal susceptibility assessment for the Pacific Islands: Technical Report for more information.

Publication Year
2 014
Patrick D. Nunn, Lalit Kumar, Ian Eliot, Roger F. McLean
Resource Type
Rights Statement
Copyright Commonwealth of Australia, 2014. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
Attribution Statement
Nunn, P., Kumar, L., Eliot, I. McLean, R. (2014). Regional Coastal Susceptibility Framework for the Pacific Islands. Report prepared for the Government of Australia, Department of Environment. Island types in the Pacific region. Sheet 1 of 3.
Commonwealth of Australia