CLIMATE SCIENCE OF THE PACIFIC

The Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC) is a collaborative partnership between the US Geological Survey and a university consortium hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, with the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and the University of Guam, designed to support sustainability and climate adaptation in communities across the Pacific Islands.

WHAT WE DO

Our goal is to provide natural resource managers and cultural stewards in federal, state, and local arenas access to the best science available on climate change and other stressors impacting the region’s natural and cultural resources. Emphasizing cooperative efforts between researchers and managers, we aim to create actionable science and accessible products to use on real problems.

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PROJECTS

PI-CASC research generates actionable climate science within several key focus areas defined by regional stakeholder needs.

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PRODUCTS

PI-CASC strives to turn research results into usable products, providing resource managers the tools to address climate impacts.

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PROGRAMS

PI-CASC programs focus efforts on topics like co-production, student and regional capacity building, and stakeholder networking.

SURF’s up!

PI-CASC’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is now open for application. Promising undergraduates get a valuable (paid!) research experience for 10 weeks over the summer, working with a faculty mentor on a climate-related research project. Visit our SURF page for more details of how both students and mentors can apply to be part of this exciting program.

CLIMATE ADAPTATION

The Pacific Islands region is among the first to experience climate shifts and witness their socio-ecological effects. To adapt, we aim to understand these climate change impacts and identify effective adaptation strategies using cutting-edge research, regular dialogue with stakeholders and community members, and sharing of new and available online resources.

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CLIMATE CHALLENGES

Learn about some of the foremost climate challenges facing the Pacific region across land, sea, and sky.

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STORY MAP

Explore the diversity of our research projects and learn more about our stakeholder-driven climate science.

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CLIMATE RESOURCES

Discover new resources for your climate adaptation needs in this curated selection of online sites and tools.

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OUTREACH

Connect through in-person and virtual workshops, interactive forums, webinars, and more.

LATEST NEWS
Video project partners talking on Moku Ola
- Hawaiian Islands, Virtual

International COP26 Recognition for MCC Coastal Erosion Partnership

A Hawaiʻi Island-based coastal setback project and its leaders were featured in a video during a panel of community adaptation and resilience leaders discussing adaptation projects from across the U.S. on November 8, 2021 ...
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- Hawai’i Island, Hawaiian Islands

COP26 highlights Hawaiʻi Island project on community-based solutions to coastal erosion

An inspiring video of a PI-CASC-funded Hawai'i Island was highlighted for a global audience, sharing the effectiveness of knowledge co-production to tackling climate change adaptation challenges ...
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- Guam, Hawaiian Islands, USAPI

PI-CASC researcher’s flooding forecasts in the news

PI-CASC researcher Phil Thompson is in the news with a new study that suggests coastal flooding hazards may increase in the 2030's as sea-level rise combines with a wobble in the moon's orbit ...
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TOOLS & RESOURCES
Adapting Culture to Climate Change

Watch this award-winning Voice of the Sea episode highlighting three PI-CASC place-based projects.

Sea Level Forecasts

Visit this online tool to track sea-level anomalies with seasonal predictions across the Pacific.

Coral Resilience Indicator Maps for CNMI

Download and explore maps evaluating facets of coral resilience across four CNMI islands.