Island types in the Pacific Region - Sheet 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

Area or single point? Area
North Latitude 21.235
South Latitude -28.940
East Longitude 128.390
West Longitude -147.74
Projection World Mercator (central meridian at 180 degrees, geographic coordinate system is WGS 84)

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.

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Detailed Descriptions
Poster, Image
040399 - Geology not elsewhere classified, 040601 - Geomorphology and Regolith and Landscape Evolution, 040104 - Climate Change Processes;
Geographic and Temporal Extents
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Attributions and Constraints
Google Earth for - Licensing: NOAA data for polygons - As of version 2.2.2, GSHHG is released under the GNU Lesser General Public license. © Commonwealth of Australia, 2014. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
Acknowledgements: Contributors: Roger McLean, Ian Eliot, Patrick Nunn This map has been produced by the University of New England and funded by the Department of the Environment under the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning (PACCSAP) Program. Cartography by Cate MacGregor, University of New England. Various datasets were provided by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) and the University of New England.
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 the Environment, 77 p. [38 figures, 35 tables], Associate Professor Lalit Kumar University of New England Email: