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

A measuring tape runs off through trees.

Archipelago-wide demography of Hawaiʻi’s most abundant, but declining, native tree

PI: Kasey Barton, Associate Professor of Botany, UH Mānoa
Co-I: Tiffany Knight, iDiv German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research
Funded: FY2013
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
A student poses against a steeply sloping landscape with blowing mist.

Predicting the effects of climate change: ecosystem drivers in the tropical subalpine shrubland

PI: Don Drake, Professor of Botany, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Alison Ainsworth, Department of Botany, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2013
An ʻōhiʻa lehua tree

Establishing climate change vulnerability rankings for Hawaiian native plants

PI: Lucas Fortini, Research Ecologist, USGS Pacific Islands Ecosystem Research Center
Funded: FY2013
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
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
Close-up of a lacy fern frond.

Epiphytes as an indicator of climate change

PI: Jonathan Price, Assoc. Professor of Geography, UH Hilo
Co-PI: Scarlett Kettwich, Department of Geography, UH Hilo
Funded: FY2013
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
view along a rocky shoreline of Oʻahu

Very fine resolution dynamical downscaling of past and future climates for assessment of climate change impacts on the islands of Oʻahu and Kauaʻi

PI: Yuqing Wang, Professor of Meteorology/IPRC, UH Mānoa
Co-PI: Kevin Hamilton, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences/IPRC, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2013
Stream water pours down a small fall between fern-covered banks

Developing high-resolution rainfall change scenarios for the Hawaiian Islands using statistical downscaling

PI: Oliver Elison Timm, Research Assoc. Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, SUNY Albany
Co-PIs: Thomas Giambelluca , Professor of Geography, UH Mānoa; Henry Diaz Meteorlogist, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
Funded: FY2012