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

Underwater view of spreading and branching corals

Coral adaptation and acclimatization to global change

PI: Robert Toonen, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Chris Jury, Department of Oceanography & HIMB, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2015
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A rocky stream bed sits between overgrown banks with high green hills in the background

Modeling the response of Hawaiʻi streams to future rainfall conditions

PI: Maoya Bassiouni, Hydrologist, USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center
Funded: FY2014
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A boxy instrument sits near a coral outcrop on the rocky sea bottom.

Real-time observations of benthic ocean chemistry on two coral reefs in west Hawaiʻi

PI: Steven Colbert, Assistant Professor of Marine Science, UH Hilo
Co-PI: Jim Beets, Professor of Marine Science, UH Hilo
Funded: FY2013
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Scenic underwater scene with a coral landscape

Projections of future coral reef communities in DOI-managed coastal areas in the Hawaiian Islands

PI: Erik Franklin, Associate Researcher, HIMB, UH Mānoa
Co-I: Rob Toonen , Researcher, HIMB, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2013
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Snorkelers dive to shallow coral reef

Valuing climate change impacts on coral reef ecosystem services

PI: Kirsten Oleson, Assistant Professor of Ecological Economics, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2013
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A diver examines a reef

Coral reef resilience to climate change in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands

PI: Laurie Raymundo, Professor of Marine Biology, University of Guam
Co-PI: Jeffrey Maynard, Marine Applied Research Center
Funded: FY2013
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A cluster of three barrel-shaped, silvery-green plants

Assessing viability of the Haleakalā silversword

PI: Paul Krushelnycky, Asst. Researcher, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Lloyd Loope , Botanist, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
Funded: FY2012
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A bright red bird with a long, curved beak sits on a yellow flower

Vulnerability of Hawaiian forest birds to climate change

PI: Michael Samuel, Wildlife Ecologist, USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit
Funded: FY2012
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