RESEARCH

RESEARCH PROJECTS

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

A very dry landscape with brown grassy hills and brown, dead trees

Scaling up the Hawai‘i Drought Knowledge Exchange

PI: Christian Giardina , Research Ecologist, Inst. of Pacific Islands Forestry, US Forest Service
Co-PI: Abby Frazier , Research Fellow, East-West Center, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2020
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A shallow valley is covered with dead brown grass and a scattering of dead and dying tree trunks.

Malo‘o ka lani, wela ka honua (When the sky is dry, the earth is parched)

PI: Christian Giardina, Research Ecologist, Inst. of Pacific Islands Forestry, US Forest Service
Co-PI: Katie Kamelamela, Postdoctoral Researcher, Akaka Foundation for Tropical Forests
Funded: FY20
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A dry grassy landscape of gently rolling hillocks and occasional trees.

Optimizing techniques to restore forest to increase endangered species habitat and mitigate future drought

PI: Jonathan Price, Professor of Geography , UH Hilo
Co-PI: Amberly Pigao, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo
Funded: FY2020
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Three students stand on shoreline, one holding a water sample bottle

Water Quality in the face of Climate Change: Establishing a baseline in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

PI: Tracy Wiegner, Assoc. Professor of Marine Science, UH Hilo
Co-I: Bryan Tonga, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo
Funded: FY2019
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A brown landscape is dotted with dead tree trunks.

Working with natural resource managers to co-produce drought analyses in Hawaiʻi

PI: Christian Giardina, Research Ecologist, Inst. of Pacific Islands Forestry, US Forest Service
Co-PI: Abby Frazier, Research Fellow, East-West Center, UH Mānoa
Funded: FY2018
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Lush vegetation surrounds a pond

Impacts of climate change in loko i‘a (traditional Hawaiian fishponds) management I

PI: Steven Colbert, Assistant Professor of Marine Science, UH Hilo
Co-PI: Cherie Kauahi, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo
Collaborator: Noelani Punawai, Assistant Professor, Kamakakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, UH Hilo
Funded: FY2016
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Several volunteers work on the rock pile bordering a stream of water leading from the fishpond.

Impacts of climate change in loko i‘a (traditional Hawaiian fishponds) management II

PI: Steven Colbert, Associate Professor of Marine Science, UH Hilo
Co-PI: Kamala Anthony, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo
Collaborator: Noelani Punawai, Assistant Professor, Kamakakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, UH Hilo
Funded: FY2016
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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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Aerial view of west Maui coastline

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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Color-scaled map of Oahu indicating average temperatures

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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Graphic showing where sewers versus on-site disposal systems are located

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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A professor reads off an instrument while her student records information, on the blacksand shore of the bay.

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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A student stands near a fence on a scrub-covered hillside with a faint rainbow in the mist behind her.

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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