Four students completed projects in climate adaptation science for the 2023 SURF program, investigating how forests vegetation shifts in response to climate change, the connection between climate and humpback whale health, whether added nutrients can improve coral thermal resilience, and sea-level rise impacts to community infrastructure.
Coastal hazards and adaptation
Our March “Slice of PI-CASC” seminar will be presented by Dolan Eversole, who will discuss his extension work in Hawai’i as a coastal marine specialist, sharing real world examples of applied research and adaptive management in coastal lands.
Sea-level rise impacts are prevalent throughout the Pacific, as is the research to adapt to those impacts. This new interactive tool compiles information about SLR projects in one place to help avoid duplication of efforts and encourage collaborations for future work.
Our December “Slice of PI-CASC” seminar will be presented by Dr. Shimi Rii and her research partners, who will discuss their work with students, researchers, and Indigenous practitioners to co-design community-driven research projects in Heʻeia.
Brad Romine co-authored a recent editorial letter emphasizing the importance of including climate and sea-level rise projections in future planning.
Our November “Slice of PI-CASC” seminar will be presented by Dr. Kirsten Oleson and her research partners, who will present their evaluation of applying ridge-to-reef management techniques for improved resilience in Palau.
PI: Megan Donahue, Marine Researcher, HIMB, UH Mānoa
Co-PIs: Jessica Glazner, Dept of Marine Biology, UH Mānoa; Chad Wiggins, Palmyra Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
Our 2022 SURF season ended last week with a hybrid final symposium for the students to present their summer work.
Our September “Slice of PI-CASC” seminar will be presented by Dr. John Burns, Assistant Professor at UH Hilo, who will discuss his collaborative project with Alaska CASC using innovative technology to analyze how river discharge affects coastal ecosystems.
USGS PI CASC Science Coordinator Heather Kerkering shares some of highlights from her Our Ocean conference and Palau experience.