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.

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.

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.

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.


An important PI-CASC effort in the western Pacific is the program called GIS@Guam. The program is designed to leverage technology funding to promote capacity building in Geographic Information Systems investigations throughout the USAPI region by training users, building useful products, and supporting new cyberinfrastructure improvements.