Know Climate Change

Impacts of Climate Change


Impacts in Small Islands

Small islands have limited land area and are prone to natural hazards which make them highly susceptible to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events. Their vulnerability is further aggravated by their low adaptive capacity; and the cost of adapting to the changing climate is high as compared to the GDP.

Click each sector to know about impacts on that sector in small islands.

Along with climate related drivers, small islands are also subjected to important local change influences, such as demographic pressure and urbanization, which increases the demand on the local resource base, thereby making them more vulnerable to the changing climate.

The following animation shows drivers of change for small islands.

Drivers of change for small islands (IPCC, 2007)

We have understood the impacts of climate change on various regions such as Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, North America, South America, and small islands.