Research

Federal Project Summaries

Funded FY2017

Characterizing inundation risk for Marjuro Atoll
Technical narrative


PI -
Dean B. Gesch, Research Scientist, USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Co-PI -
Jeffrey J. Danielson, Physical Geographer, USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

Near-term climate projections to inform adaptation in the Hawaiian Islands
Technical narrative


PI -
Thomas Giambelluca, Professor of Geography, UH Mānoa

Funded FY2016

Understanding the effect of climate change on the migration of Marshallese Islanders
General summary
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PI -
Maxine Burkett, Professor of Law, UH Mānoa

Collecting elevation data to understand climate change effects in the Marshall Islands
General summary
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PI -
Jeffrey J. Danielson, Physical Geographer, USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center

Simulating and projecting future impacs of sea level rise on Majuro Atoll
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PI -
Charles Fletcher, Professor of Earth Sciences, UH Mānoa

Changes in water flow through Hawaiian forests due to invasive species and changing rainfall patterns
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PI -
Lucas Fortini, Research Ecologist, USGS Pacific Islands Ecosystem Research Center/PICCC

Effects of drought on soil moisture and water resources in Hawai‘i
Technical narrative


PI -
Alan Mair, Hydrologist, USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center

Funded FY2015

Cloud water interception in Hawai‘i, Part 1: Understanding the impact of fog on groundwater and ecosystems and future changes to these processes
Technical narrative

PI -
Thomas Giambelluca, Professor of Geography, UH Mānoa

Influences of climate change, climate variability, and drought on human communities and ecosystems in Hawai‘i
Technical narrative

PI -
Christian Giardina, Research Ecologist, Inst. of Pacific Islands Forestry, US Forest Service

Supporting a collaborative regional assessment of future climate impacts on natural resources in the Pacific Islands
Technical narrative

PI -
Victoria Keener, Research Fellow, East-West Center, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
John Marra, Director of Pacific Regional Climate Services, NOAA, East-West Center, UH Mānoa

Understanding future sediment transport to coastal waters and coral reef ecosystems
Technical narrative

PI -
Kirsten Oleson, Asst. Professor of Ecological Economics, UH Mānoa

Building capacity for coordination of strategic science research in the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands
Technical narrative

PI -
John Peterson, Director of Center for Island Sustainability, University of Guam

Assessing the sustainability of culturally important marine sites in Guam and CNMI
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Laurie Raymundo, Professor of Marine Biology, University of Guam
Co-PI -
Jeffrey Maynard, Marine Applied Research Center

Projecting the frequency and impact of future coastal flooding and inundation events in the Pacific Islands
General summary
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PI -
Philip Thompson, Assoc. Director of UH Sea Level center, UH Mānoa

Cloud water interceptionin Hawai‘i, Part 2: Mapping current and future exchange of water between clouds and vegetation in Hawai‘i's mountains
Technical narrative

PI -
Yuqing Wang, Professor of Meteorology/IPRC, UH Mānoa

Funded FY2014

Modeling the response of Hawai‘i's streams to future rainfall conditions
General summary
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PI -
Maoya Bassiouni, Hydrologist, USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center

Forecasting beach loss from sea-level rise on the island of Kaua‘i
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Charles Fletcher, Professor of Earth Sciences, UH Mānoa

Measurement of El Niņo-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) related climate conditions and ecosystem responses in Hawai‘i
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PI -
Thomas Giambelluca, Professor of Geography, UH Mānoa

"Vegetative Guide & Dashboard": Relating traditional atoll agroforestry recommendations to predicted climate and sea level conditions in the Marshall Islands
General summary
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PI -
Maria Haws, Assoc. Professor of Aquaculture, UH Hilo

Assessing the potential effects of climate change on vegetation in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
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PI -
James Jacobi, Biologist, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center

Changing Hawaiian seascapes and their management implications
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PI -
Noelani Puniwai, Affiliate Faculty, UH Hilo

Funded FY2013

Establishing climate change vulnerability rankings for Hawaiian native plants
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PI -
Lucas Fortini, Research Ecologist, USGS Pacific Islands Ecosystem Research Center/PICCC

Projections of future coral reef communities in DOI-managed coastal areas in the Hawaiian Islands
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PI -
Erik Franklin, Assoc. Researcher, HIMB, UH Mānoa

Understanding the response of native and non-native forests to climate variability and change to support resource management in Hawai‘i
General summary
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PI -
Thomas Giambelluca, Professor of Geography, UH Mānoa

Valuing climate change impacts on coral reef ecosystem services
General summary
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PI -
Kirsten Oleson, Asst. Professor of Ecological Economics, UH Mānoa

Coral reef resiliience to climate change in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Laurie Raymundo, Professor of Marine Biology, University of Guam
Co-PI -
Jeffrey Maynard, Marine Applied Research Center

Very fine resolution dynamical downscaling of past and future climates for assessment of climate change impacts on the islands of O‘ahu and Kaua‘i
General summary
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PI -
Yuqing Wang, Professor of Meteorology/IPRC, UH Mānoa

Funded FY2012

Climate change research in support of Hawaiian ecosystem management: An integrated approach
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PI -
Oliver Elison Timm, Research Assoc. Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, SUNY Albany

Assessing viability of the Haleakalā silversword to uncover the effects of climate change on Hawai‘i's high-elevation ecosystems
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PI -
Paul Krushelnycky, Asst. Researcher, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Lloyd Loope, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center

Modelling climate-driven changes to dominant vegetation in the Hawaiian Islands
Technical narrative

PI -
Jonathan Price, Assoc. Professor of Geography, UH Hilo
Co-PI -
James Jacobi, Biologist, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center

Vulnerability of Hawaiian forest birds to climate change
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Michael Samuel, Wildlife Ecologist, USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit

21st century high-resolution climate projections for Guam and American Samoa
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Yuqing Wang, Professor of Meteorology/IPRC, UH Mānoa