Table 1 Summary of atoll island characteristics and changes in islands, Tuvalu

From: Patterns of island change and persistence offer alternate adaptation pathways for atoll nations

Atoll/Reef platform (RP) No islds. Atoll land area Change in land area 1971–2014 Number of islands Inhabited islands
   (ha) (ha) (%) Accr. Erod. No.  Area (km2) Pop. density (per km2)
Nanumea 6 356.1 −1.32 −0.004 3 3 1 2.18 281
Niutao (RP) 1 235.2 0.34 0.14 1 1 2.35 295
Nanumaga (RP) 1 301.0 4.71 1.56 1 1 3.01 183
Nui 13 342.8 7.61 2.22 13 1 1.34 544
Vaitupu (RP) 8 522.9 12.27 2.35 6 2 2 5.18 297
Nukufetau 26 314.4 19.40 6.17 15 11 1 0.19 3458
Funafuti 29 261.2 10.06 3.85 19 10 1 1.59 3427
Nukulaelae 19 176.4 10.00 5.67 16 3 1 0.22 1626
Niulakita (RP) 1 42.1 0.05 0.12 1 1 0.42 109
  1. Island population data obtained from the Tuvalu Census of Population and Housing28
  2. Accr. accreted islands, Erod. eroded islands