Science at the Pacific Islands CSC
In Hawai'i and the other Pacific islands, seascapes and landscapes are woven into the identity and practices of dozens of cultures with more than 20 spoken languages and thousands of cultural sites, places, and landforms. The region is largely dependent on rainfall-fed ground water and aquifers for freshwater, and virtually everyone lives, works, or harvests food in the coastal zone, including the major population centers as well as other ports and associated critical infrastructure across the region. Climate change is already impacting uplands, coastlines, nearshore reef environments, and leeward or low-rainfall areas as a result.
The research direction taken by the PI CSC is guided by the PI CSC Five-Year Science Agenda for 2014-2018. This document describes the role and interactions of the PI CSC among its partners and stakeholders, clarifies the responsibilities of the Center to its partners, defines a context for climate impacts in the PI CSC region, and establishes the science priorities that the Center will address through research.
The PI CSC has identified four priority science themes that will drive the CSC's regional science program:
Theme 1: Guidance for Anticipated Intermediate-Term Climate Changes
Theme 2: Potential Effects of Changing Climate on Freshwater Resources
Theme 3: Anticipating and Addressing Change in Coastal and Low-Lying Areas
Theme 4: Forecasting Sustainability for Resource Management and Planning
In developing the Strategic Science Agenda, the PI CSC received advice and guidance from its Stakeholder Advisory Committee (Appendix 1 of the PI CSC Five-Year Science Agenda for 2014-2018). The PI CSC also periodically receives guidance from a panel of technical reviewers that assists with independent scientific review of projects comprising the PI CSC research program.
(This link will take you to a page on the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center website where the PI CSC projects are displayed.)
Photo on page: Waimea Canyon, Randolph Femmer, USGS.