PI-CASC welcomes a new University Consortium Deputy Director

Romine shows a flooding demonstration to studentsBrad Romine performs a demonstration for students, illustrating the combination of factors that leads to coastal flooding.

    This month, the university consortium of the PI-CASC welcomed Dr. Bradley Romine as our new deputy director. Romine is a coastal geologist and coastal management specialist who has worked as extension faculty for the Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) for six years. For many of those years, he held a cost-share position at the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), providing actionable science data to inform beach and coastal resource management state-wide.

    Romine's experience in bridging the gap between university science and development of state coastal resource management policy blends well with the aims of the PI-CASC towards actionable science. He has also done extensive work on collaborative projects with state agencies and public groups related to coastal hazards associated with beach erosion and sea-level rise impacts, important climate-change related threats.

    Now located full time at UHM, Romine continues to work closely with an array of resource managers, including at the DLNR, other federal, state, and local government agencies, and the public, providing the latest and best-available coastal and climate science in support of planning and decision-making. For example, he was instrumental in the compilation of the Hawai‘i Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report, which has been adopted by the mayors of the Counties of Maui and Honolulu for use in planning and decision-making, as well as the development of a companion online mapping tool for the Hawai‘i Interagency Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Committee (climateadaptation.hawaii.gov).

    Romine has noted that he "is very excited for this opportunity with PI-CASC to collaborate and support the DOI and local natural resource managers and communities across Hawai‘i and the US–Affiliated Pacific Islands to better understand and address the diverse challenges related to climate adaptation."

    We welcome Brad to PI-CASC and the national CASC network and look forward to his future contributions.