Pacific Islands Sea Level Rise Project Explorer

Waves crash over a stone wall and flow across a cemented parking lot, beneath a blue sky

Sea-level rise adaptation science has advanced in Hawaiʻi and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) to the point that resource managers, planners, and communities are readily using scientific information, tools, and guidance in decision-making and planning. However, better cooperation is needed among all parties to improve awareness, consistency, collaboration, and clarity about appropriate uses of research products, and to meet ongoing and emerging science information needs while maximizing shared capacity and avoiding duplication of efforts.

In response, PI-CASC and Hawaiʻi Sea Grant, along with university and government partners, conducted an initial series of Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Science Dialogues in 2021, bringing together focus groups from university and government science and resource management organizations.

One achievement of the three Dialogues was the accumulation of information on sea-level rise related projects, both ongoing and completed. This data has now been consolidated into an interactive online information platform, called the Pacific Islands Sea Level Rise Project Explorer, designed to promote sharing of research and activities from across the Pacific Basin associated with sea-level rise and adaptation to its impacts. Centralizing this information in a convenient tool will help avoid duplication of efforts and encourage collaborations.

The story map format of this tool encourages the user to explore projects and tools, both topically (through management applications and SLR impacts) and geographically, by interacting with the tabs and maps where project flags are displayed. Selecting any flag brings up an information box with more details about the researchers, partners, funders, project location, outputs/products, publications, links, and more.

Explore the tool and contact Brad Romine or Heather Kerkering if you have an SLR project or tool that should be added to this great resource.





Patrick Grady
Environmental GIS Specialist, PI-CASC
Brad Romine
University Consortium Deputy Director, PI-CASC
Heather Kerkering
Acting Federal Deputy Director/Science Coordinator, PI-CASC
Rachel Lentz
Communications Specialist, PI-CASC