The Turks and Caicos Islands

Kathleen Sullivan Sealey, Kathleen Wood, Alan Logan

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A small arc of islands in the Tropical Western Atlantic, the Turks, and Caicos Islands faces significant challenges in developing a tourism economy while protecting fragile island ecosystems, particularly fringing and barrier coral reefs. The islands are particularly low lying, with a tropical dry climate; historically this climate was exploited for solar salt production. The Turks and Caicos today rely exclusively on tourism for their economy. Recent large hurricanes and the threat of sea level rise have challenged the existing development and infrastructure of the islands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWorld Seas
Subtitle of host publicationAn Environmental Evaluation Volume I: Europe, the Americas and West Africa
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780128050682
ISBN (Print)9780128052020
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Coral reefs
  • Fisheries
  • Marine conservation
  • Turks and Caicos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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