A fifteen minute podcast hosted by the US Fish & Wildlife Service highlighting MCC graduate student Lauren Kapono and her work monitoring ‘opihi (Cellana spp.) along the Kalaemanō shoreline of Hawaiʻi Island.
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is home to 23 species of endangered vascular plants and 15 species of endangered trees. Understanding how climate change may impact the park’s plants is vital for their long-term survival. This product was designed to assist managers of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park in preparing for a changing climate by identifying how plant distributions within the park may shift under future climate conditions, focusing on how these distributions compare with currently defined Special Ecological Areas within the park.
Hawaiʻi is home to a rich diversity of native plants, about 90 percent of which are found nowhere else in the world, but changing climate conditions may reduce the amount of suitable habitat for native plants and contribute to the spread of invasive plant species. Scientists focused on 10 important native and five important invasive plant species, using over 35 years of data from thousands of locations in Hawai‘i to assess the plants’ preferred climate conditions and model their likely best future habitat based on climate change projections. The resulting maps and findings provide an initial set of decision support tools to help resource managers identify key locations for conserving native plants (and the birds and insects that rely on them) and for anticipating and controlling the spread of invasive plant species.
Agriculture and agroforestry (tree cultivation) are important activities for the Marshall Islands and other small islands to ensure food security and human health, support community self-sufficiency, promote good nutrition, and serve as windbreaks to stabilize shorelines and lessen storm damage and erosion. However, climate change is posing serious challenges for growers who struggle to adapt to climate impacts including saltwater intrusion, changing precipitation and temperature patterns, and the spread of invasive species. This tool was designed to provide Marshallese agricultural producers with information and resources that will help them adapt their growing practices to changing climate conditions.
While global sea-level rise concerns many Pacific Island communities, local sea levels are affected by many factors, including basin-wide phenomena like the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), making for higher or even lower water levels. This online tool provides an outlook of monthly sea level anomalies for the next one to two seasons (out to six months), combining sea level forecasts with astronomical tide predictions to provide more accurate predictions of coastal water level compared to tide predictions alone. Such forecasts may enable decision makers and local resource managers to prepare for unusual water levels, both high and low, in their areas.
MCC student Joanna Norton and her team released a film that gives a 6-minute overview of this co-produced research effort on compost application utilizing invasive albizia trees.
Watch this UH Sea Grant’s Voice of the Sea episode featuring MCC students Kamala Anthony and Cherie Kauahi on their loko iʻa (traditional Hawaiian fishpond) climate adaptation projects.
The Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC), PI-CASC’s partner, released a film highlighting MCC supported collaborative restoration of loko iʻa (traditional Hawaiian fishponds) in Keaukaha developed through their Hawaiian Islands Terrestrial Adaptation Initiative (HITAI).
A Big Island Video News report on the Hawaiʻi County Council Environmental Management committee presentation with MCC researchers Louise Economy and Tracy Wiegner to learn more about Staphylococcus in Hilo Bay.
Ryan McClymont (USGS Communications Specialist) and Jamie Kawai, documented the 2016 Climate Change Boot Camp and performed in-depth interviews with attendees and planners during the experience.