RESEARCH

RESEARCH PROJECTS

PI-CASC supports research that generates actionable climate science within several key focus areas defined by regional stakeholder needs.

A large tree borders a view looking upslope across a dry grassy landscape.

Effects of drought on soil moisture and water resources in Hawaiʻi

PI: Alan Mair, Hydrologist, USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center
Funded: FY2016
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Evaluating the economic impacts of climate variability and change on Maui’s freshwater resources and ecosystem services

PI: Kirsten Oleson, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, UH Mānoa
Co-I: Victoria Keener, PacRISA, East-West Center, UH Mānoa
Collaborator: Carlo Fezzi NREM, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2016
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Albizia as a solution for climate change mitigation and sustainable agriculture

PI: Rebecca Ostertag, Professor of Biology, UH Hilo
Co-PI: Joanna Norton, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo
Collaborators: Bruce Mathews, Professor of Soil Science, UH Hilo; Flint Hughes, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, US Forest Service
Funded: FY2016
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Estimating coastal erosion rates on Hawai‘i Island to inform setbacks

PI: Ryan L. Perroy, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Science, UH Hilo
Co-PI: Rose Hart, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo
Collaborators: Steven Colbert, Assistant Professor of Marine Science, UH Hilo; Charles Fletcher, Professor of Geology & Geophysics, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2016
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Predicting Hawaiʻi water demand under climate change

PI: Michael J. Roberts, Associate Professor of Economics, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Nathan DeMaagd, Department of Economics, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2016
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Assessing the vulnerability of coastal wastewater infrastructure to climate change

PI: Daniele Spirandelli, Asst. Professor of Coastal Policy & Community Development, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Theresa Dean, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UH Mānoa
Collaborators: Roger Babcock, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UH Mānoa; Suwan Shen, Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2016
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Investigating climate driven shifts in Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA for water resource and land management solutions

PI: Tracy Wiegner, Associate Professor of Marine Science, UH Hilo
Co-PI: Louise Economy, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo
Funded: FY2016
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The effects of climate change on high elevation ecosystems and freshwater resources in Hawaiʻi

PI: Thomas Giambelluca, Professor of Geography, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Abby Frazier, Department of Geography, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2015
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Influences of climate change, climate variability, and drought on human communities and ecosystems in Hawaiʻi

PI: Christian Giardina, Research Ecologist, Inst. of Pacific Islands Forestry, US Forest Service
Funded: FY2015
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Tracking climate variability through chloride concentration in municipal production well histories on the Yigo-Tumon basin

Tracking climate variability through chloride concentration in municipal production well histories on the Yigo-Tumon basin

PI: Nathen Habanai, Assistant Professor of Groundwater Hydrology, University of Guam
Co-PI: Erin Miller, Environmental Science Graduate Program, University of Guam
Funded: FY2015
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Helmeted Kaylyn Bautista records water drops within a cave.

Groundwater percolation in northern Guam: Insights from Jinapsan Cave

PI: John Jenson, Professor of Environmental Geology, WERI, University of Guam
Co-PI: Kaylyn Bautista, WERI, University of Guam
Funded: FY2015
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Supporting a collaborative regional assessment of future climate impacts on natural resources in the Pacific Islands

PI: Victoria Keener, Research Fellow, PacRISA, East-West Center, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: John Marra, Director of Pacific Regional Climate Services, NOAA, East-West Center, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2015
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Forecasting climate and land use/cover change impacts on freshwater ecosystem services in Maui

Forecasting climate and land use/cover change impacts on freshwater ecosystem services in Maui

PI: Christopher Lepczyk, Dept. Natural Resources & Environmental Mgmt, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Kirsten Oleson, NREM, UH Mānoa
Co-Is: F Steven Gray, NREM, UH Mānoa; Yin-Phan Tsang, NREM, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2015
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Baseline assessment of coral-associated microbial communities

Baseline assessment of coral-associated microbial communities

PI: Craig Nelson, Assistant Researcher of Oceanography, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Emilia Sogin, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
Funded: FY2015
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