Project

Climate Change Research in Support of Hawaiian Ecosystem Management: An Integrated Approach

Project Summary

Affiliation(s): Pacific Islands CSC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Oliver Elison Timm (International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
  • Thomas W. Giambelluca (Department of Geography, University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
  • Henry F. Diaz (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder)

Climate change and its impact on natural environments are critical issues facing resource and ecosystem managers throughout the world and specifically in the Pacific U.S. region. The key goals of this study are 1) to understand how changes in the Earth’s future climate system will affect the frequency and severity of extreme weather events in Hawai`i, 2) to support studies of the ecological impacts of climate change on native Hawaiian plants and animals and 3) to provide information needed by natural resource managers charged with preserving native biodiversity. To achieve these goals, this project will build on a previous Pacific Island Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC) project to update climate change projections (using a technique called statistical downscaling) for Hawai`i. With collaboration from partners at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Hawai`i at Hilo, researchers will also assess species and ecosystem responses to potential climate variations, such as the recurrence and intensity of heat waves, droughts, and storms.

Akaka Falls stream, Hawai'i Island - Credit: Sarah Nash

Affiliation(s): Pacific Islands CSC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Oliver Elison Timm (International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
  • Thomas W. Giambelluca (Department of Geography, University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
  • Henry F. Diaz (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder)
Cooperator(s)/Partner(s):
  • Carter T Atkinson (U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Islands Ecosystems Research Center)
  • Jonathan Price (University of Hawai'i at Hilo and U.S. Geological Survey)
  • Dennis Lapointe (U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Islands Ecosystems Research Center)
  • Michael D Samuel (U.S. Geological Survey, Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit)

Start Date: January 2012

End Date: September 2014

Project Status: In Progress

Tags: Climate change, ecosystem management, extreme events, Downscaling, CSC, Pacific Islands CSC, 2012, Education, Modeling and Tools, Drought, Fire and Extreme Weather, Climate and Ecosystem Modeling, Extreme Weather

Fiscal Year: FY 2012 Projects

Publications & Other

  • On the relation between large-scale circulation pattern and heavy rain events over the Hawaiian Islands: Recent trends and future changes

      • Project Snapshot: "Climate Change Research in Support of Hawaiian Ecosystem Management: An Integrated Approach"

        • PICSC_ResearchFeature_Timm_Downscale_HawaiianRainfall.pdf (Download)
        • Statistical downscaling of rainfall changes in Hawai‘i based on the CMIP5 global model projections

            Data

            • Climate Change Research in Support of Hawaiian Ecosystem Management: An Integrated Approach

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