Climate-related hazards in the Solomon Islands include tropical cyclones, flash floods, droughts, sea level rise, and extreme events related to increasing sea surface temperatures. Tropical cyclones are perhaps the most devastating natural disasters, both because of the loss of human life and the large economic losses they cause across the Pacific. All of these hazards, however, can pose serious constraints on development in small islands, which are often viewed as being in “constant recovery mode”.
This section provides a summary of key natural hazards and their associated socioeconomic impacts in a given country. It allows for a quick assessment of most vulnerable areas through the spatial comparison of natural hazard data with development data, thereby identifying exposed livelihoods and natural systems.