CLIMATE SCIENCE

ADAPTATION AND MANAGEMENT

Dry grasses scatter across a brown lava field

Pacific Drought Knowledge Exchange PWW Factsheets

The PDKE seeks to address the critical need for scientists to generate locally relevant science products for managers adapting to hotter, drier climates. Explore these factsheets for Puʻu Waʻawaʻa.
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White, denuded tree sits amidst dry scrub before brown aa flow

Pacific Drought Knowledge Exchange HAVO Factsheets

The PDKE seeks to address the critical need for scientists to generate locally relevant science products for managers adapting to hotter, drier climates. Explore these factsheets for the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
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A tangled forest with extensive root networks shows a narrow water channel running back out of sight.

Mangrove vulnerability to sea-level rise Factsheet

Mangrove forests and the benefits they provide to Micronesian ecosystems and communities are threatened by accelerating sea-level rise and human activities. Read this factsheet to learn more.
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Underwater scene of colorful corals and fish

Sea-level rise impacts on coral reef and mangrove interactions and resulting coastal flooding hazards

PI: Curt Storlazzi, Research Geologist, USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Co-I: Karen Thorne, Research Ecologist, USGS Western Ecological Research Center
Funded: FY2021
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Image of shoreline with only remnant trees after vegetation removal

Microbial biogeochemical cycling across a chronosequence of mangrove introductions across Hawai‘i

PI: Rosie Alegado, Associate Professor, Dept. of Oceanography, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Becca Lensing, Dept. of Oceanography, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2020
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A hand measuring the size of 'opihi on the rocks.

US Fish & Wildlife Service ‘Opihi Project Podcast

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.
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Climate Change Atlas: Dominant Vegetation in the Hawaiian Islands

Climate Change Atlas: Dominant Vegetation in the Hawaiian Islands

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.
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Plant seedlings grow in small black buckets

Vulnerability of coastal ecosystems to increased salinity from climate change

PI: Kasey Barton, Associate Professor of Botany, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Anna McCormick, Department of Botany, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2020
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A variety of lush trees form an intergrown area.

Agroforestry in the Climate of the Marshall Islands

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.
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Students taking water measurements while standing in a stream

Fostering a SOEST culture of place- and community-based pedagogy in support of coastal sustainability in Hawai‘i

PI: Barbara Bruno, Specialist, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Tineill Dudoit, Department of Earth Sciences, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2020
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