Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Join the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center for a webinar on November 9, 2016 on: "Vegetative Guide & Dashboard” relating atoll agroforestry recommendations to predicted climate and sea level conditions in the Marshall Islands.
In the expectation that global climate will change steadily in the coming decades, this research project had the goal to obtain a more detailed view of the climatic changes that Hawaiʻi could experience by mid- and late-21st century.
Plants in Hawai‘i, as elsewhere, have certain environmental requirements from their habitats which can be affected by changes in climatic conditions and resource competition with other species. It is important to understand the requirements of targeted conservation species as well as how they may respond to likely climate changes.
Join the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center for a webinar on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 11 AM HST / 5 PM EDT looking at how climate change will exacerbate the transmission of avian malaria, resulting in major population declines and even extinction for some native Hawaiian birds.
Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 9 AM HST / 3 PM EDT, where Noelani Puniwai (University of Hawai'i at Hilo) will discuss observations of the seascape shared by recreationists, fishers, and respected ocean watermen in Hilo, Hawaiʻi.
In 2015, the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center had many accomplishments and made significant progress on a number of strategic initiatives, including engaging with resource managers and funding a number of new research projects.
In Hawai‘i, the beneficial uses of streams include supplying freshwater for irrigation and domestic needs, providing for traditional Hawaiian practices, and maintaining habitat for native stream fauna. Maoya Bassiouni (USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center) will present her updated findings for the impacts of projected rainfall on streams in the Hawaiian Islands entitled Sensitivity of Low Flows to Rainfall Variability in Ungaged Hawai‘i Streams.
Join the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center on Tuesday, March 15 at 12:00 HST (2PM PST/ 5PM EST/ 10PM UTC/ March 16, 8AM ChST) for a LiveStream event to learn about the impacts of groundwater on Hawaiian coral reefs. Steve Colbert, University of Hawaii-Hilo, will dive into his research on the combined effects of groundwater inputs and increasingly acidic ocean water on coral reef organisms.
Hawaiʿi Island is home to many types of epiphytes, or specialized plants with adaptations that allow them to grow in the branches of trees. Epiphytes are sensitive to changes in air pollution, rainfall, fog, and cloud patterns due to their reliance on airborne water and nutrient sources, which makes them ideal for monitoring changes to climate and air quality in their habitat.
A new study, published in Climate Change Responses, points to how a shift in atmospheric circulation patterns may make a difference in the survival of silversword populations. Paul Krushelnycky, ecologist at University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa, led the research to study the effects of changes in temperature, precipitation, and solar radiation on populations of silverswords over 80 years of data records.
The Pacific Pandanus is a quarterly newsletter co-created by the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center and the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative. The theme for our second issue, January 2016, is Vulnerability and Resilience.