Pacific Drought Knowledge Exchange (PDKE) factsheets

Puʻu Waʻawaʻa

Dry grasses scatter across a brown lava field
Extended dry periods can be a deadly situation for many native species across Puʻu Waʻawaʻa. (Photo: USDA Forest Service)

Drought on our landscapes can influence future vegetation cover, non-native species invasions, watershed function, and fire behavior. Therefore, the PDKE project seeks to address the critical need for scientists to produce locally relevant, timely, accessible, and actionable science products that managers can use to adapt to potentially drier and hotter climates. So, the PDKE was formed with PI-CASC funding to co-produce drought data and products with project partners, like the State of Hawaiʻi Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit.

These factsheets were produced specifically for Puʻu Waʻawaʻa:

Impacts of El Niño at Puʻu Waʻawaʻa
Future Climate of Puʻu Waʻawaʻa
Drought at Puʻu Waʻawaʻa
Fire History and Risk at Puʻu Waʻawaʻa

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Christian Giardina
Research Ecologist, Inst. of Pacific Islands Forestry, US Forest Service
Abby Frazier

Asst. Professor, Clark University
Ryan Longman
Research Fellow, East-West Center, UH Mānoa