Project

21st Century High-Resolution Climate Projections for Guam and American Samoa

Project Summary

Affiliation(s): Pacific Islands CSC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Yuqing Wang (International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
  • Kevin Hamilton (International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawai`i)
  • Alex Lauer (International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawai`i)
  • H. Annamalai (International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawai`i)

The Pacific Islands are expected to be particularly vulnerable to the anticipated impacts of climate change due to their small, geographically isolated ecosystems and economies, and are extremely susceptible to rising sea-levels. Despite a high level of concern for the Pacific Islands, there is currently a lack of adequate small-scale projections of climate change in the American Samoa region. This study will use high-resolution (one kilometer) climate models to project anticipated 21st century changes in such things as rainfall, surface temperature and wind on Guam in the Mariana Islands and Tutuila in American Samoa. This work will build on and leverage ongoing modeling efforts of current and predicted climate change in Hawai`i. Results from this study, including estimates of the change in seasonal climatology and the frequency of extreme weather events, will be available for use by other researchers to inform hydrological and ecosystem models to predict future impacts of climate change. 

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Affiliation(s): Pacific Islands CSC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Yuqing Wang (International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
  • Kevin Hamilton (International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawai`i)
  • Alex Lauer (International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawai`i)
  • H. Annamalai (International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawai`i)

Start Date: September 2012

End Date: September 2015

Project Status: Completed

Tags: extreme events, climate modeling, Science Project, CSC, Pacific Islands CSC, 2012, Education, Modeling and Tools, Climate and Ecosystem Modeling

Fiscal Year: FY 2012 Projects

Publications & Other

  • Dynamical Downscaling of the Climate for the Hawaiian Islands. Part I: Present Day

      • Dynamical Downscaling of the Climate for the Hawaiian Islands. Part II: Projection for the Late Twenty-First Century

          • Project Final Report - 21st Century High-Resolution Climate Projections for Guam and American Samoa

            • PICSC Final Report Wang DD_Guam&Tutuila 2016 11 17.pdf (Download)
              • Project Snapshot: "21st Century High-Resolution Climate Projections for Guam and American Samoa"

                • PICSC_ResearchFeature_Wang_DownscaleGuamSamoaClimate.pdf (Download)

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