CLIMATE SCIENCE

COASTAL HAZARDS

View down a white sandy beach overhung with palms, being lapped by sparkling waters with steep green mountains further along the coast

Sea-level rise viewer for American Samoa

PI: Phil Thompson, Associate Director of UH Sea Level center, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Carla Baizeau, Department of Oceanography, UH Mānoa
Co-Is: Kelley Anderson Tagarino, Extension Specialist, American Samoa Community College; Justin E. Stopa, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Curt Storlazzi, Research Geologist, USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Funded: FY2020
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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: FY2020
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A small historical hut backed by palms sits on a rocky headland with waves in the foreground.

Visualizing Sea-level Rise at Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historic Park

PI: Philip Thompson, Assoc. Director of UH Sea Level center, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Nemanja Komar , Scientific Programmer, UH Sea Level center, UH Mānoa; Darren Lerner, Director, Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program
Funded: FY2019
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Two men stand amidst elevated root systems of mangrove trees, watching another installing an instrument.

The future resiliency of mangrove forests to sea-level rise in the Western Pacific

PI: Karen Thorne, Research Ecologist, USGS Western Ecological Research Center
Co-PI: Richard MacKenzie, Research Ecologist, US Forest Service
Funded: FY2019
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Aerial view of one section of beach and near offshore, with numbers superimposed showing depths along traverses perpendicular to the coastline

A next generation beach observing system for Hawai‘i

PI: Charles Fletcher, Professor of Earth Sciences, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Anna Mikkelson, Department of Earth Sciences, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2018
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UH Sea Grant Kanesa Duncan Seraphin talking with Kamala Anthony and Cherie Kauahi in front of Waiuli fishpond.

MCC Loko iʻa project Voice of the Sea feature

Watch this Voice of the Sea episode featuring MCC students Kamala Anthony and Cherie Kauahi on their loko iʻa (traditional Hawaiian fishpond) climate adaptation projects.
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Map of Waimea area with superimposed color illustrating flooded areas at 3.2 feet of sea level rise

Integrating climate science with local knowledge through community vulnerability assessment on Kaua‘i

PI: Daniele Spirandelli, Asst. Professor of Urban Design and Planning, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Alisha Summers, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2018
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Honokea loko fishpond with still waters reflecting the sky surrounded by coconut trees and containing an island with hala trees on top.

MCC Loko iʻa collaborative restoration PICCC film

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).
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A small historical hut backed by palms sits on a rocky headland with waves in the foreground.

Supporting sea-level rise preparedness in Hawaiian National Parks

PI: Philip Thompson, Assoc. Director of UH Sea Level center, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2018
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