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The Effects of Climate Change on Wetlands in the Main Hawaiian Islands: An Initial Assessment

Dan A. Polhemus
The Hawaiian Islands are an intraplate hotspot chain lying in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, and consist of a mix of generally steep-sided, rocky high islands in the southeast and low-lying coral atolls in the northwest. Due to their topography, these islands harbor a relatively limited number of wetland ecosystems, although the features that are present are diverse, ranging from a hypersaline lake on Laysan, to acidic upland bogs such as Pepeopae on Molokai, to large...

Applications of Climate Downscaling in the Main Hawaiian Islands: Balancing Climate Modelers’ Products and Impact Modelers’ Expectations

David Helweg & Victoria Keener
High-resolution projections of future terrestrial climate conditions for the high Hawaiian islands (Hawaiʻi Island, Maui Nui, Oʻahu, and Kauaʻi) have been developed using statistical and dynamical downscaling methods. A “Workshop on Climate Downscaling and its Application in the High Hawaiian Islands” (https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr20161102) was held in 2015 to address questions from natural resource managers about how to integrate climate-related projections into their resource management decisions. Since the 2015 workshop, additional climate modeling has been done. New...

The Pacific Islands Climate Science Center Five-Year Science Agenda, 2018–2022

A. David Helweg, Dan A. Polhemus & Bonnie J. Myers
The Department of the Interior Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI-CSC) supports adaptation in Hawai‘i and the US Affiliated Pacific Islands by producing new knowledge and tools through research, working with resource managers and community planners to incorporate environmental knowledge in adaptation decision making, and providing education and training to build capacity in resource managers and scientists. In the Pacific Islands region, over 500 endangered and other vulnerable species exist in a complex set of...

Drought in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands: A Multi-level Assessment

Dan A. Polhemus
Although tropical Pacific islands are generally perceived as having wet climates, they are vulnerable to periodic episodes of drought. This literature review strives to establish a base of information relating to such drought events in the U. S.- affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI), a vast expanse of the oceanic Pacific larger than the North American continent, spanning five time zones and the International Date Line roughly between the southern Tropic of Capricorn across the equator to...

Registration Year

  • 2017

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  • Climate Adaptation Science Centers