Dr. Boruff is a lecturer in geography at the University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia 6009.
THE ENVIRONMENTAL VULNERABILITY OF CARIBBEAN ISLAND NATIONS*
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
2007 American Geographical Society
Volume 97, Issue 1, pages 24–45, January 2007
How to Cite
Boruff, B. J. and Cutter, S. L. (2007), THE ENVIRONMENTAL VULNERABILITY OF CARIBBEAN ISLAND NATIONS. Geographical Review, 97: 24–45. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2007.tb00278.x
This research was supported through funding from the National Geographic Society (#7423–03). We appreciate the helpful comments of Jerry T. Mitchell, the three anonymous reviewers, and the editors who, through their substantive critiques, helped to improve this article.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- hazards vulnerability;
- Saint Vincent;
- small island developing states
ABSTRACT. Within the hazards- and disaster-research community consensus exists as to factors that magnify or attenuate the effects of extreme natural events on local places. But less agreement and understanding exist concerning the methods or techniques for comparing hazard vulnerability within or between places, especially small-island developing states. Using two Caribbean nations, Saint Vincent and Barbados, as study sites, we asked which island has the greater level of hazard vulnerability, and why. Results indicate that, although neither island has a large portion of its population living in extremely hazardous locations, Barbados has many more residents in risk-prone areas. The methods used in this research provide valuable tools for local emergency managers in assessing vulnerability, especially through the delineation of highly vulnerable hot spots. They can also help donor organizations interested in vulnerability reduction on islands use their resources more efficiently.