Center Programs

PI-CASC Graduate Scholars

The PI-CASC Graduate Scholars program supports climate adaptation and capacity building across the Pacific by funding full-time graduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi or the University of Guam working toward advanced degrees in climate and climate adaptation research. The program adds to the graduate students’ training by offering supportive interaction in a cohort and professional development opportunities in community relationship building, science communication, and scientific presentations.

Manager Climate Corps (MCC)

The MCC program was created to support and connect natural resource managers, researchers, cultural practitioners, policy professionals, community leaders, and graduate students on Hawaiʻi Island. The MCC builds adaptive capacity locally by identifying existing professional networks and expanding them through manager-driven research projects and collaborative forums.

Climate Adaptation for Resource Management (CARM)

PI-CASC’s CARM program is a fellowship and continuing education opportunity at the University of Guam for natural resource managers and professionals in Guam to bolster their professional capacity through higher learning in academia and building further the technical capacity of the agency they serve.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The SURF program is designed to provide promising undergraduates the opportunity to gain valuable research experience, improve their skills in climate science, and expand their knowledge of environmental issues in Hawaiʻi and Guam, working with a faculty mentor on a climate science or adaptation research project.

K-12 Education Hub

PI-CASC has initiated an effort to reach out to primary and secondary school communities with the development of an online resource for students, teachers, and researchers using place-based learning materials, interactive tools, and data on climate science and research, designed to supplement existing curriculum and encourage learning about critical climate topics for the islands.

Communities of Practice

Pacific Islands-Alaska CASC Collaboration (PI-AK)

The Pacific Islands and Alaska CASCs have created a groundbreaking, cross-regional collaboration using a similar “ridge-to-reef” and “icefield-to-ocean” perspective to explore challenges both regions face from climate-induced alterations already happening to culturally important watershed ecosystems and environmental processes.

Pacific Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change (RISCC) Management

The Pacific RISCC is a collection of researchers, managers, landowners, and other local Hawaiʻi stakeholders, concerned with the interconnected problems of climate change and invasive species in the islands and organizing to improve mutual communication, to share ideas and resources, and to align research and management goals.

Pacific Islands Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Science Dialogues

The Pacific Islands Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Science Dialogues was a series of collaborative meetings in 2021 that brought together several focus groups from university and government science and resource management organizations to address sea-level rise adaptation needs for communities across the Pacific.

Pacific Drought Knowledge Exchange

The PDKE seeks to facilitate drought knowledge exchange and enable collaborative relationships among drought stakeholders in Hawai‘i and in Pacific Island Nations. The stewardship team co-produces site-specific, customized drought data and products based on the needs of manager partners, striving to make drought and climate data products more accessible for drought planning and management.