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The climates of the Tropics and how they are changing
Blair Trewin, Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
Trewin explores the Tropics from a climatologist’s perspective – covering what makes a climate tropical and the key drivers of rainfall, temperature and wind patterns.Download
The impacts of climate change in the Tropics
Richard T. Corlett, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science, China
Corlett provides an objective analysis of what we do and don’t know about the impacts of climate change in the Tropics. There are still many unknowns about how climate change will impact the Tropics but what is clear is that rising temperatures and changing rainfall regimes will have huge impacts on a region which has remained climatically stable for the past three million years.Download
Health in the Tropics
Professor Janet Hemingway, Director, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Hemingway discusses the progress made in health care across the Tropics but acknowledges that the ongoing burden of infectious diseases and the rise of non-communicable diseases will provide ongoing challenges for the future.Download
Tropical underdevelopment, is it a thing of the past?
Dennis Trewin, former Statistician, Australia
Trewin explores the seminal work of Jeffrey Sachs around underdevelopment in the Tropics with the updated data from the State of the Tropics report – some things have changed but there is still some way for tropical nations to go.Download
Expansion of the Tropics: evidence and implications
Jo Isaac and Steve Turton, James Cook University, Australia
Isaac and Turton examine the evidence for an expanding tropical zone and the implications for ecosystems and communities throughout the Tropics and sub-tropics.Download
Early insight reports from the 2014 State of the Tropics report, available in English and Spanish.
Life expectancy is the average number of years a person can expect to live given existing mortality patterns, and considers the most fundamental health question: “How long can I expect to live?”Download
It is now recognised that much of the human exploitation of forests has been at the expense of biodiversity and ecosystem functions, such as water and climate regulation and carbon storage.Download
Wild Marine Catch
The oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface and contain around 97% of its water. It is also estimated that 25% of all species diversity exists in the oceans (of which, 91% is still undescribed).Download
During the development of the State of the Tropics report, across 50 social, economic and environmental indicators, a number of cross cutting issues emerged. Some of these issues are explored here in a series of short, visual narratives.
Data in the Tropics
In the Tropics there are many small nations with small populations and surface areas coupled with limited capacity to provide high quality data to multilateral organisations.Download
Infographics highlighting four Grand Challenges for the Tropics: Ecological resilience, Human wellbeing, Resource security, and Good governance.Download
The State of the Tropics report explored different elements of infrastructure across a range of indicators including urbanisation, information communication
technology, transport, improved water and sanitation and gross capital formation.
Women in the Tropics
Across many indicators in the State of the Tropics reports, the importance and vulnerability of women throughout the tropics has emerged as an important theme.Download