Pacific Islands CSC News


Webinar: Climate-Driven Changes to Dominant Vegetation in the Hawaiian Islands: Models and Applications

TUE, JULY 28, 2015, 06:09 PM EST

What are the trends and the estimates of baseline and future projected shifts in key native plant species in the Hawaiian Islands? Where will native species populations increase or decrease and where might invasive species extend their range? Read More >

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As Climate Warms Hawaiian Forest Birds Lose More Ground to Mosquitoes

THU, JULY 23, 2015, 10:47 AM EST

Hawai‘i, the name alone elicits images of sea coasts and scenes of birds flitting through jungle canopy. Unfortunately, the future of many native Hawaiian birds looks grim as diseases carried by mosquitoes are due to expand into higher elevation zones. Read More >

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Webinar: Mapping Future Climate Change Projections for the Hawaiian Islands during the 21st Century

TUE, JUNE 9, 2015, 04:12 PM EST

Dr. Elison Timm will explain his research projects and his understanding of the extent that it is possible to estimate the effects of global warming on severe rainfall events, the length of dry-spells and the magnitude of extreme daily rainfall amounts. Read More >


Student Interns Tell Their Climate Change Story

MON, JUNE 8, 2015, 12:22 PM EST

Students participating in the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) will communicate findings from their research to the local communities to help integrate cultural, community, and experimental approaches to resource management. Read More >

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

WED, JUNE 3, 2015, 09:46 AM EST

Coral reefs are sensitive to changes in the marine environment, including changes to temperature and pollution. Scientists and managers working on this project sought to assess the resilience of reefs in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Read More >


Slaying Mosquitos and Jumping Jacks Make Climate Science Fun at the BioBlitz!

THU, MAY 28, 2015, 02:09 PM EST

It is a challenge to communicate how climate science affects our families, communities, islands, and world. So, how do we engage in climate science conversations with diverse groups of people? Science games at the BioBlitz! Read More >

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Project Estimates the Future Flow of Freshwater Streams in Hawai'i

TUE, APRIL 14, 2015, 09:31 AM EST

Studies of stream flow in Hawai`i will provide critical information for managing limited freshwater resources, and for understanding how climate change may impact ecosystems, agriculture, and communities that are entirely dependent on freshwater. Read More >

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Researchers to Develop "Dashboard" for Understanding Climate Change and Agroforestry in the Marshall Islands

TUE, APRIL 7, 2015, 10:30 AM EST

Agriculture and agroforestry are important activities for small islands to ensure food security and human health but these activities are threatened by climate change. Researchers are working on a "dashboard" to help island communities adapt. Read More >


New Research Predicts a Doubling of Coastal Erosion by Mid-Century

THU, MARCH 26, 2015, 10:59 AM EST

New research from scientists at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, and the Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources seeks to provide better estimates of coastal erosion hazard areas. Read More >

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Climate Change Impacts to the Insular Pacific Highlighted at the Second Annual PICSC-PICCC Climate Science Symposium

TUE, MARCH 17, 2015, 03:13 PM EST

This year’s two-day climate science symposium hosted a diverse collection of climate science talks ranging from the physical and atmospheric sciences to interactions between human and natural communities with the changing physical world. Read More >

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Upcoming Webinar: Relative Resilience Potential of Coral Reefs to Inform Management in the Northern Mariana Islands

MON, MARCH 16, 2015, 03:40 PM EST

Reducing coral reef vulnerability to climate change requires that managers understand and support the natural resilience of coral reefs. To assist these managers, a team of PI CSC-funded researchers undertook a project to help provide valuable information Read More >


How Much Rainfall can Hawai‘i Expect in the Future? New Study Projects Answer

MON, FEBRUARY 23, 2015, 08:30 PM EST

In a recent study supported by the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center, researchers used global climate models to project future rainfall in Hawai‘i. These projections can be used to understand the impacts of climate change on natural resources. Read More >

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Secretary Jewell Announces New Research Projects at the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center

THU, DECEMBER 18, 2014, 01:46 PM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center is awarding over $600,000 for research to guide natural and cultural resource managers in helping wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change. Read More >

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Welcome to Dr. Weiguang Meng, Newest Member of the IPRC Dynamical Downscaling Group!

FRI, OCTOBER 10, 2014, 09:40 AM EST

Dr. Weiguang Meng, from the Institute of Tropical and Marine Meteorology of the China Meteorological Administration in Guangzhou, has joined the dynamical downscaling group at the International Pacific Research Center at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Read More >

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PI CSC Welcomes Kelvin Richards as New University Director!

MON, AUGUST 18, 2014, 02:52 PM EST

Kelvin Richards, Professor of Oceanography at University of Hawai`i at Mānoa (UHM), has taken the helm as the University Director for the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center and also the Director of the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC). Read More >


PI CSC Wishes Kevin Hamilton a Fond Aloha and Mahalo!

MON, AUGUST 18, 2014, 02:37 PM EST

The Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI CSC) gives a fond aloha to Kevin Hamilton who is retiring as University Director of the PI CSC and Director of the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Read More >


National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation

THU, AUGUST 14, 2014, 09:34 AM EST

Registration is now open for the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation that will be held in Washington, DC on October 23-24. Attendees will share tactics and strategies that provide solutions to landscape scale challenges. Read More >

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PI CSC Data Steward Participates in Hawai`i Data Expo

THU, MAY 22, 2014, 10:07 AM EST

The Pacific Islands Climate Science Center's data steward, Patrick Grady, recently attended a data expo on the island of Hawai`i, hosted by the Hawai`i Geographic Information Coordinating Council. Patrick presented on "Conservation and Climate Change". Read More >


Apply for FY 2015 Research Funds from the Pacific Islands CSC

MON, APRIL 28, 2014, 11:13 AM EST

The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers are seeking Statements of Interest for funding in Fiscal Year 2015 for projects that support CSC/NCCWSC priority science needs. Read More >

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PI CSC Releases Five-Year Science Agenda to Guide Research

THU, APRIL 17, 2014, 09:44 AM EST

The Pacific Islands Climate Science Center has released its Five-Year Science Agenda for 2014-2018. The science agenda describes the four main science themes that will guide PI CSC research science, and presents a work plan for implementation. Read More >

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PI CSC Works with Partners to Develop and Translate Climate Research!

WED, APRIL 2, 2014, 10:36 AM EST

The Pacific Islands CSC is working with regional partners to support the development and translation of climate science research in the Pacific Islands. Several recent news stories have captured the initiatives and work at the PI CSC. Read More >

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2013 Annual Report for the PI CSC Now Available!

FRI, MARCH 14, 2014, 02:59 PM EST

The Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI CSC) has released its Annual Report for 2013! This report highlights important initiatives and work being done at the PI CSC, including stakeholder workshops and graduate student research. Read More >

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CSC Climate Research Featured in DOI Weekly Video

MON, DECEMBER 30, 2013, 03:34 PM EST

The Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) were recently featured in the Department of the Interior "This Week at Interior" video on December 20, 2013. Watch Video >


Pacific Islands Climate Science Center Director Announced

FRI, DECEMBER 20, 2013, 01:22 PM EST

David Helweg has been selected as the first permanent director of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Pacific Islands Climate Science Center, headquartered at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa. Read More >

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Interior Announces New 2013 Research Projects at the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center

THU, DECEMBER 19, 2013, 12:49 PM EST

Secretary of the Interior announced today that the Pacific Islands CSC is awarding more than $700,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide resource managers in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change. Read More >

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AK CSC Director Travels to the Pacific Islands to Present "Linking Climate Impacts Science and Resource Management: Examples from the Last Frontier"

TUE, OCTOBER 29, 2013, 09:19 AM EST

Dr. Steve Gray, Alaska Climate Science Center Director, will travel to The University of Hawaii at Manoa and at Hilo to give seminars on "Linking Climate Impacts Science and Resource Management: Examples from the Last Frontier". Read More >


PI CSC Graduate Student Co-Authors Study on "The Projected Timing of Climate Departure from Recent Variability"

MON, OCTOBER 21, 2013, 01:21 PM EST

A recent publication discusses the future date when the Earth will warm to a point that surpasses natural variability. Ryan Longman, a graduate student supported by the PI CSC, was an author on the publication. Read More >

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DOI Secretary Jewell Visits with Climate Change Partners and Leaders in the Pacific Islands

FRI, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013, 10:11 AM EST

On September 4, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell met with climate change leaders and partners in Honolulu. She was briefed by the DOI Pacific Islands Climate Science Center and the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative. Read More >

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DOI Secretary to Visit the Pacific Islands and Alaska Climate Science Centers

THU, AUGUST 29, 2013, 12:21 PM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell is planning to visit the Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) on Tuesday, September 3 and the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI CSC) on Wednesday, September 4. Read More >


USGS Directors Attended Water Sustainability Forum Hosted by Hawaiian Senator Brian Schatz

THU, AUGUST 29, 2013, 09:34 AM EST

David Helweg, PI CSC Interim Director, and Stephen Anthony, USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center Director, attended the Water Sustainability Forum hosted by United States Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) on August 19, 2013 in Honolulu, HI. Read More >