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.
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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.
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