The commonwealth of the bahamas

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The Commonwealth of The Bahamas covers a vast archipelago of low-lying carbonate islands and broad shallow banks. Although the bulk of the bank and island system occurs north of the Tropic of Cancer, the waters are warm, tropical, and largely oligotrophic. This unique ecosystem has a concentration of biological diversity along the bank platform margins and island environs, leaving marine resources vulnerable to land-based sources of pollution. The state of the marine and coastal resources of the country depends on detailed characterization and assessment focused on responses to storm events and the sea-level rise. The future of low-lying carbonate islands depends on careful biodiversity management and planning for resilience to climate change-related disturbances. The combination of applied research, outreach, and community engagement along with thoughtful policies and regulations will reduce impacts of disturbances and sustain resource use for future generations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWorld Seas
Subtitle of host publicationAn Environmental Evaluation Volume I: Europe, the Americas and West Africa
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780128050682
ISBN (Print)9780128052020
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Carbonate geology
  • Commonwealth of the Bahamas
  • Marine protected areas
  • Marine resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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