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Small Islands: Marine Science and Sustainable Development

Small Islands: Marine Science and Sustainable Development

George A. Maul (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-66523-7

Mar 2013, American Geophysical Union

468 pages

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Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Coastal and Estuarine Studies, Volume 51.

Small tropical and subtropical islands are particularly attuned to the effects of the surrounding ocean and atmosphere. Frequently, these islands are densely populated and rely on the sea for sustenance and economic viability. Oftentimes too, individual island nations do not have the resources to address issues in oceanography and marine meteorology that are central to their future well-being. United Nations agencies, government and non-government organizations, and universities are dimly aware of their role to enhance collaboration between natural scientists and resource managers, particularly for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Accordingly, a meeting entitled ""Small Island Oceanography in Relation to Sustainable Economic Development and Related Coastal Area Management"" was held in Martinique, French Antilles, November 8-10, 1993.

George A. Maul  ix


1 Ocean Science in Relation to Sustainable Economic Development
and Coastal Area Management of Small Islands
George A. Maul 1


2 Observations and Modeling of Mesoscale Ocean Circulation Near a Small Island
Malcolm J. Bowman, David E. Dietrich, and Charles A. Lin  18

3 Descriptive Physical Oceanography of the Caribbean Sea
Artemio Gallegos  36

4 Oceanic Features Influencing Small Island Circulation Patterns: Case Studies
Roy A. Watlington and Maria C. Donoso  56

5 Subtidal Circulation in Fort-De-France Bay
Pascal Lazure, Jean Claude Salomon, and Maruerite Breton  71

6 Sea Level, Tides, and Tsunamis
George A. Maul, Malcolm D. Hendry, and Paolo A. Pirazzoli  83

7 Practical Aspects of Physical Oceanography for Small Island States
Judith Wolf 120

8 Design Values of Extreme Winds in Small Island States
Calvin R. Gray  132

9 A Real-Time Systemf or ForecastingH urricane Storm Surges Over the French Antilles
Pierre Daniel  146


10 Geography of Small Tropical Islands: Implications for Sustainable Development in a Changing World
Orrnan E. Granger  157

11 Small Island Geology: An Overview
Georges Vernette   188

12 The Geological Legacy of Small Islands at the Caribbean-Atlantic Boundary
Malcolm D. Hendry  205

13 Geology and Development Facilities of Small Islands Belonging to the Atlantic Margin of Africa and Europe
Andre Klingebiel and Georges Vernette  225

14 Beach Erosion and Mitigation: The Case of Varadero Beach, Cuba
Guillermo Garcia Montero and Jose L. Juanes Marti 238

15 Surficial Geology on the Insular Shelf of Martinique (French West Indies)
Frangoise Durand, Claude Augris, and Patrice Castaing  250

16 Littoral Ecological Stability and Economic Development in Small island States: The Need for an Equilibrium
Vance P. Vicente  266

17 Microbial Water Quality on a Caribbean Island (Martinique)
Monique Pommepuy, Annick Derrien, Frangoise Le Guyader, Dominique Menard, Marie-Paule Caprais, Eric Dubois, Elizabeth Dupray, and Michele Gourmelon  284

18 Fisheries of Small Island States and Their Oceanographic Research and Information Needs
Robin Mahon  298


19 Towards Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Small Island States
Gillian Cambers 323

20 Water Supply and Sewerage in a Small Island Environment: The Bahamian Experience
Richard V. Cant 329

21 Coastal and Marine Environments of Pacific Islands: Ecosystem Classification, Ecological Assessment, and Traditional Knowledge for Coastal Management
Paul F. Holthus  341

22 Coastal Management, Oceanography, and Sustainability of Small Island Developing States
Paul H. Templet  366

23 Sustainable Development and Small Island States of the Caribbean
Erik Blommestein, Barbara Boland, Trevor Harker, Swinburne Lestrade, and Judith Towle  385

24 Socio-Economic Databases in the Caribbean: Status and Desiderata
Lancelot A. Busby 420

25 Numerical Modeling of Small Island Socio-Economicsto Achieve Sustainable Development
Guy Engelen, Roger White, Inge Uljee, and Serge Wargnies 437