2023 Hawaiʻi Climate Adaptation
Science Summit

January 10th and 11th, 2023 HST
(January 11th and 12th, 2023 Western Pacific)
Location: Imin Conference Center (Keoni Auditorium, East-West Center)
and online Zoom webinar

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Part of Climate Week

The Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center and its partners at the Hawaiʻi State Climate Commission, Hawaiʻi Sea Grant, Pacific RISA, and the East-West Center, have put together a full week of activities and discussions associated with climate adaptation across Hawaiʻi. The PI-CASC 2023 Hawaiʻi Climate Adaptation Science Summit is only one part of this broader event. For more on Climate Week, see a brief agenda at the bottom of this page or visit the Climate Commission website.

Intended participants

This event is intended for researchers, resource managers, officials, practitioners, and other science-users working on climate change impacts and adaptation for ecosystems and communities in Hawaiʻi and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands. Events are designed for in-person participation, but will be broadcast via Zoom webinar.

Objectives will include

  • Meeting the players in the region to learn more about efforts in Hawai‘i and US-Affiliated Pacific Islands focused on climate adaptation science for managing changing conditions in three topical themes:
    • Drought and wildfire in the Pacific Islands
    • Integrated watershed science (PI-AK)
    • Sea level rise adaptation science
  • Exploring researcher-manager-practitioner engagement toward actionable science
  • Linking to human elements of climate adaptation

Agenda Highlights

Day 1: January 10, 2023, 12:30 – 5:00 PM HST

12:30 pm   Welcome/Opening Protocols
Introduction by PI-CASC Directors

1:00 pm   Theme 1: Drought and wildfire in Hawaiʻi
Keynote presentation: Elizabeth Pickett, Hawaiʻi Wildfire Management Organization

1:30 pm   Research to management presentations

Ryan Longman, East-West Center/Pacific Drought Knowledge Exchange
Clay Trauernicht, UH Mānoa/Pacific Fire Exchange
Elliott Parsons, Pacific RISCC
Alyssa Anderson, PI-CASC

2:45 pm   Moderated wildfire managers panel discussion

Elliott Parsons, Pacific RISCC
Ryan Peralta, Hawaiʻi Department of Fish and Wildlife
H. Kapua Kawelo, US Army Garrison IMCOM Pacific

3:45 pm   Moderated early career panel discussion

Hiʻilei Casco, William S. Richardson School of Law
Samantha Alvarado, Grow with Us, CTAHR
Paige Puakea Moʻokini-Oliveira, NREM, CTAHR
Kevin Faccenda, NREM, CTAHR

Day 2: January 11, 2023, 12:00 – 5:00 PM HST

12:00 pm   Overview of Day 1

12:10 pm   Theme 2: Integrated watershed science (Pacific Islands-Alaska CASC collaboration)
Keynote presentation: Kawika Winter, Heʻeia National Estuarine Reserve Manager

12:40 pm   Introduction to PI-AK Collaboration: Steve Gray, AK CASC

12:50 pm   PI-AK research to management applications presentations

Jason Fellman, University of Alaska Southeast
Tracy Wiegner, UH Hilo
Rick Lader, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Thomas Giambelluca, UH Mānoa

1:30 pm  Watershed management panel discussion

Rebecca Bellmore, SE AK Watershed Coalition
Kawika Winter, Heʻeia NERR
Ulalia Woodside, The Nature Conservancy Hawaiʻi and Palmyra
Jessica Garron, AK CASC

2:40 pm   Theme 3: Sea-level rise adaptation science
2:45 pm   Research and science tools presentations

Tara Owens, Hawaiʻi Sea Grant
Phil Thompson, UH Sea Level Rise Center
Curt Storlazzi, USGS
Chip Fletcher, SOEST, UH Mānoa

3:45 pm   Moderated managers and decision-makers panel discussion

Michael Cain, DLNR Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands
Matt Gonser, Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency
Jared Underwood, PMNM, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Malia Nobrega-Olivera, Hawaiʻinuiākea, UH Mānoa

Hawaiʻi Climate Week (at a glance)

Monday, January 9
Hawaiʻi Climate Action Day (Hawaiʻi State Climate Conference)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hawaiʻi Youth Climate Action Summit (ages 12-26)
5:00 – 7:00 pm
UH Law School Auditorium (Classroom 2)
Tuesday, January 10
PI-CASC Hawaiʻi Climate Adaptation Science Summit (Day 1)
12:30 – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, January 11
Pacific Island Women Leaders at COP27: Outcomes and Ways Forward
9:30 – 11:00 am
Pacific RISA Climate Adaptation Planning & Implementation Peer Exchange (invite only)
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
PI-CASC Hawaiʻi Climate Adaptation Science Summit (Day 2)
12:00 – 5:00 pm
Thursday, January 12
PI-AK Collaboration field trip (invite only)
20th Anniversary Hawaiʻi Energy Policy Forum (details and registration)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm