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|Title: ||Automobile use in small island developing states|
|Authors: ||Enoch, Marcus P.|
Warren, James P.
|Issue Date: ||2006|
|Citation: ||ENOCH, M.P. and WARREN, J.P., 2006. Automobile use in small island developing states. Islands of the World IX Conference : Sustainable Islands - Sustainable Strategies, Maui, Hawaii, 31 July – 2 August|
|Abstract: ||Islands are attractive to researchers because they are detached, self-contained
entities with obvious boundaries. From a geographers’ perspective, this has long
been recognised as a distinct advantage, with islands effectively ‘functioning as
small-scale spatial laboratories where theories can be tested and processes
observed in the setting of a semi-closed system’ (King, 1993). However, one
relatively unexplored island research area concerns the development of transport,
and the growth of car-borne mobility worldwide.
This paper therefore examines the influence of the car in 45 small island
development states – as defined by the United Nations - from 14 different regions
using a simple linear multiple least squares regression analysis. Under this cross
sectional process, car mobility was tested against factors including gross domestic
product, population, vehicle ownership, road length, and urbanisation, data for which
was obtained from a range of primary and secondary sources.
Overall, the analysis showed a strong relationship between increased mobility and
increased GDP, while other factors which appeared to be important included
population density and vehicles per road length. Various linear regression methods
gave similar but slightly different results and these are explained more fully in the
|Description: ||This a conference paper. It is also available at: http://maui.hawaii.edu/isisa2006/ConferenceProceedings.pdf|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers and Presentations (Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)|
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