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.

PROJECTS

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

PRODUCTS

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

PROGRAMS

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

ADAPTING CLIMATE SCIENCE IN THE SPRING OF COVID

While many are working to figure out how to live in this strange shutdown world during the COVID pandemic, PI-CASC-funded climate scientists struggle to continue their important work. The impact to ongoing research is quite variable because of a wide range of active project parameters and responsibilities: single researcher lab work; multi-person, multi-location collaborations; overseas field work; local field equipment maintenance by helicopter; supercomputing, multi-core modeling processing; and lap-top number-crunching. Each situation is affected differently, but all seem to be impacted in at least some way.

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
Our Ocean main panel stage with Climate Envoy for the Marshall Islands Tina Stege giving a presentation on the main screens. The panel has an ocean and islets design.
- USAPI

Kerkering Experience at Our Ocean Palau 2022

USGS PI CASC Science Coordinator Heather Kerkering shares some of highlights from her Our Ocean conference and Palau experience ...
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Headshot of Elliott Parsons with leafy trees in the background.
- Hawai’i Island

New Pacific RISCC Specialist Hired

The Pacific RISCC brings on board Elliott Parsons as the new RISCC Specialist ...
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Collage photo of Hawaii places (forest, blooming red ohia tree, NPS park ranger and youth pounding kalo/taro, and sea arch along the ocean). The picture has three logos for partners in the middle (PICASC, NPS, Volcano School) and a Hawaii Island inset.
- Hawai’i Island

New PI-CASC Partnerships with Parks for Every Classroom Pilot Program

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is partnering with the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences and PI CASC on a the national Parks for Every Classroom program pilot to develop climate education professional development workshops ...
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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.