COP26 highlights Hawaiʻi Island project on community-based solutions to coastal erosion

Hawaiʻi Island’s vulnerability to climate change and sea-level rise was highlighted on the global stage at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, on November 8. A local, community-based solution, supported by PI-CASC and co-developed by UH Hilo and the Hawaiʻi County Planning Office was showcased as a model approach to climate change adaptation challenges.

An inspiring video presented the details of a project co-developed by UH Hilo geography professor Ryan Perroy and Hawaiʻi County Planner Bethany Morrison. Together with UH Hilo student Aloha Kapono and others, they are generating a comprehensive inventory for Hawaiʻi Island’s 428 kilometers of coastline, collecting high-resolution aerial imagery and ground surveys of its steep sea cliffs, rocky coastal lava fields and white, black and green sand beaches.

Watch the video below.