Small Island Water Security: considering how the past can help secure a safer future

Author(s): Alice Samson; Jago Cooper

Year: 2015


Water security is the capacity of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate quantities of acceptable quality water for sustaining livelihoods. Small islands can often face particularly problematic issues surrounding water security with the impacts of precipitation variability and relative sea level change keenly felt on islands with limited rain catchment and fast draining hydrological systems. This paper explores some archaeological case studies on small islands from the Caribbean and the Pacific that have studied long-term human-water relationships to consider how findings can inform current debates surrounding improved water management systems, sustainable island population capacities, early warning systems for water insecurity and the management of island abandonment.

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Small Island Water Security: considering how the past can help secure a safer future. Jago Cooper, Alice Samson. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397174)


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