Science at the Pacific Islands CSC



The vision for the PI CSC is to develop science and other knowledge products, tools, and capabilities designed to support policy and management directed toward sustainability of human and ecological communities, conservation of species of concern, and other aspects of interconnected natural and anthropogenic systems in the Pacific islands.

The research direction taken by the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI CSC) is guided by a Five Year Science Agenda, 2014-2018 that establishes priorities and helps ensure that the scientific program addresses priority management needs.  

In developing this agenda, the CSC received advice and guidance from a Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC). A Science Implementation Panel (SIP) will assist with independent scientific review of projects comprising the Pacific Islands CSC research program.

The PI CSC has identified four main science themes to be addressed through research: 

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

 

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Pacific Islands Climate Science Center Photos


February 22, 2010

Photos of climate change challenges near the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center Region.


  • Laysan teal (Anas layanensis) on Laysan, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands) foraging on brine flies (Scatella sexnotata) on the mudflats of the atoll. Photo by M. Reynolds, USGS
    Laysan teal (Anas layanensis) on Laysan, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands) foraging on brine flies (Scatella sexnotata) on the mudflats of the atoll. Photo by M. Reynolds, USGS
  • Laysan teal (Anas layanensis) on Laysan, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands) foraging on brine flies (Scatella sexnotata) on the mudflats of the atoll. Photo by M. Reynolds, USGS
    Laysan teal (Anas layanensis) on Laysan, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands) foraging on brine flies (Scatella sexnotata) on the mudflats of the atoll. Photo by M. Reynolds, USGS
  • Hypersaline lake and mudflats on Laysan (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). The Laysan Albatross is a sea bird that is largely restricted to breeding in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and is likely to be impacted by sea-level rise.
    Hypersaline lake and mudflats on Laysan (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). The Laysan Albatross is a sea bird that is largely restricted to breeding in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and is likely to be impacted by sea-level rise.
  • Hypersaline lake and mudflats on Laysan (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). The Laysan Albatross is a sea bird that is largely restricted to breeding in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and is likely to be impacted by sea-level rise.
    Hypersaline lake and mudflats on Laysan (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). The Laysan Albatross is a sea bird that is largely restricted to breeding in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and is likely to be impacted by sea-level rise.
  • Near-shore habitat at Palmyra Atoll in the Pacific.  Low-elevation islands in the Pacific and elsewhere face particular challenges due to the sea level rise effects of climate change.
    Near-shore habitat at Palmyra Atoll in the Pacific.  Low-elevation islands in the Pacific and elsewhere face particular challenges due to the sea level rise effects of climate change.
  • Coastline near the southern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii. Courtney Schaneville, USGS.
    Coastline near the southern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Encrusting coralline algal community. Photo credit: USGS.
    Encrusting coralline algal community.
  • Laysan teal (Anas layanensis) on Laysan, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands) foraging on brine flies (Scatella sexnotata) on the mudflats of the atoll. Photo by M. Reynolds, USGS
  • Laysan teal (Anas layanensis) on Laysan, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands) foraging on brine flies (Scatella sexnotata) on the mudflats of the atoll. Photo by M. Reynolds, USGS
  • Hypersaline lake and mudflats on Laysan (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). The Laysan Albatross is a sea bird that is largely restricted to breeding in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and is likely to be impacted by sea-level rise.
  • Hypersaline lake and mudflats on Laysan (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands). The Laysan Albatross is a sea bird that is largely restricted to breeding in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and is likely to be impacted by sea-level rise.
  • Near-shore habitat at Palmyra Atoll in the Pacific.  Low-elevation islands in the Pacific and elsewhere face particular challenges due to the sea level rise effects of climate change.
  • Coastline near the southern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Encrusting coralline algal community.