RESEARCH

RESEARCH PRODUCTS

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

A tangled forest with extensive root networks shows a narrow water channel running back out of sight.

Mangrove vulnerability to sea-level rise Factsheet

Mangrove forests and the benefits they provide to Micronesian ecosystems and communities are threatened by accelerating sea-level rise and human activities. Read this factsheet to learn more.
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A hand measuring the size of 'opihi on the rocks.

US Fish & Wildlife Service ‘Opihi Project Podcast

A fifteen minute podcast hosted by the US Fish & Wildlife Service highlighting MCC graduate student Lauren Kapono and her work monitoring 'opihi (Cellana spp.) along the Kalaemanō shoreline of Hawaiʻi Island.
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Projected Species Range Maps over the Next Century

Projected Species Range Maps over the Next Century

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is home to 23 species of endangered vascular plants and 15 species of endangered trees. Understanding how climate change may impact the park’s plants is vital for their long-term survival. This product was designed to assist managers of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park in preparing for a changing climate by identifying how plant distributions within the park may shift under future climate conditions, focusing on how these distributions compare with currently defined Special Ecological Areas within the park.
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Climate Change Atlas: Dominant Vegetation in the Hawaiian Islands

Climate Change Atlas: Dominant Vegetation in the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiʻi is home to a rich diversity of native plants, about 90 percent of which are found nowhere else in the world, but changing climate conditions may reduce the amount of suitable habitat for native plants and contribute to the spread of invasive plant species. Scientists focused on 10 important native and five important invasive plant species, using over 35 years of data from thousands of locations in Hawai‘i to assess the plants’ preferred climate conditions and model their likely best future habitat based on climate change projections. The resulting maps and findings provide an initial set of decision support tools to help resource managers identify key locations for conserving native plants (and the birds and insects that rely on them) and for anticipating and controlling the spread of invasive plant species.
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A underwater landscape of multicolored corals

Coral Resilience Indicator Summaries and Resilience Scores CNMI

Coral reefs across the Pacific are coping with changing environmental conditions as ocean temperatures rise and local stressors (like pollution and sedimentation) affect coastlines. While coral reefs are sensitive to changes in their environment, some reefs are more resilient, or able to recover from disturbance more quickly, than others. These maps are the results of gathering information on reef resilience and vulnerability at 78 reef locations throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to inform local coastal management and decision making.
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