Flooding and Climate Change: Sectorial Impacts and Adaptation Strategies for the Caribbean Region

Dave D. Chadee (Editor)
University of the West Indies, Department of Life Sciences, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies

Joan M. Sutherland (Editor)
University of the West Indies, Department of Life Sciences, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies

John B. Agard (Editor)
University of the West Indies, Department of Life Sciences, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies

Series: Natural Disaster Research, Prediction and Mitigation, Climate Change and its Causes, Effects and Prediction
BISAC: SCI092000

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This book covers many aspects of global climate change and flooding within the Caribbean region, and examines the impacts of these on the agricultural sector in the Caribbean, on coastal and wetland ecosystems, and on the health sector in Trinidad. It provides an account of and the vulnerability and successful adaptation measures of Jamaica. A report of a Knowledge,Attitudes and Practice (KAP) study provides a better understanding of the socio-economic impacts of flooding, people’s role in exacerbating actual and potential flooding episodes and in evaluating their prevention measures. There are contributions on the cost of flooding, the role governments do and should play in flood prevention and backstopping, and the case is made for comprehensive law relating specifically to flooding.

There are chapters on some hard and soft engineering tools that may be used for adaptation to flooding and other climate change events. Current climate modeling and projections are explained. This book is written for technical officers within ministries of government and both undergraduate and post graduate student’s pursuing climate change courses and programs at Universities within small islands developing states and especially the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Mona and St. Augustine campuses. The various chapters are written by current academics from all three campuses, together with regional experts. This book, therefore, represents another example of Caribbean scientists/experts tackling Caribbean issues and developing adaptation measures relevant, not only to the region, but to the rest of the world. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Flooding and Climate Change in the Caribbean (pp. 1-10)
Dave D. Chadee and Joan M. Sutherland (University of the West Indies, Department of Life Sciences, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies)

Chapter 2 - Flooding and Climate Change Impacts in the Caribbean Region (pp. 11-22)
Kishan Kumarsingh (Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies)

Chapter 3 - Impact of Flooding on the Agricultural Sector (pp. 23-46)
Adrian Cashman (Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), University of the West Indies)

Chapter 4 - Impacts of Freshwater Flooding in Coastal Zones: Sandy Beaches, Coral Reefs and Seagrass Beds (pp. 47-72)
Judith Gobin, Azad Mohammed and John B. Agard ( University of the West Indies, Department of Life Sciences, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies)

Chapter 5 - Effects of Freshwater Flooding on Mangroves in the Caribbean Region (pp. 73-96)
Azad Mohammed, Aidan D. Farrell, Judith Gobin and John B. Agard (University of the West Indies, Department of Life Sciences, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies)

Chapter 6 - Health Effects of Flooding in Trinidad and Tobago (pp. 97-122)
Dave D. Chadee and Joan M. Sutherland (University of the West Indies, Department of Life Sciences, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies)

Chapter 7 - Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Communities to Flood Prevention in North and South Trinidad, West Indies (pp. 123-136)
Denny P. Singh and Dave D. Chadee (University of the West Indies, Department of Life Sciences, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies)

Chapter 8 - Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS Technologies in Flood Risk Management (pp. 137-150)
Raid Al-Tahir, Intesar Saeed and Ron Mahabir (The Centre for Caribbean Land and Environmental Appraisal Research (CLEAR)
The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago)

Chapter 9 - Using GIS in Developing an Integrated Approach to Flood Management in Trinidad and Tobago (pp. 151-162)
Bheshem Ramlal and Dexter Davis (Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad)

Chapter 10 - Flooding in Jamaica: Causes and Controls (pp. 163-186)
Michael A. Taylor, Arpita Mandal, Christopher Burgess and Tannecia Stephenson (Climate Studies Group, Mona; Department of Physics, University of the West Indies and others)

Chapter 11 - Flooding and the Law (pp. 187-204)
Camanie Naraynsingh-Chang (Department of Para-Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies)

Chapter 12 - Climate Change Scenarios, Future Projections for Precipitation and Implications for Flooding in the Caribbean (pp. 205-214)
Kishan Kumarsingh and Kenneth Kerr (Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies and others)

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