Abstract

The role of natural disasters has been largely overlooked in studies of South Pacific historical ecology. To highlight the importance of rapid-onset natural hazards, we focus on the contributions of volcanism in shaping landscape histories. Results of long-term research in the Willaumez Peninsula on New Britain in Papua New Guinea illustrate the wide range and complexity of potential relationships between volcanic activity and human responses. Despite frequent severe volcanic impacts, human groups have responded creatively to these challenges and over time may have developed particular strategies that coped with the demands of repeated refuging and recolonization.

 

 

Bibliographic Data

Title
Volcanism and Historical Ecology on the Willaumez Peninsula, Papua New Guinea
Author
Torrence, R; Neall, V; Boyd, B
Year
2009
Publication Type
Refereed Article
Journal
Pacific Science
Number of pages
507-535
Volume
63
DOI
10.2984/049.063.0404