Project

Valuing Climate Change Impacts on Coral Reef Ecosystem Services

Project Summary

Affiliation(s): Pacific Islands CSC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Kirsten Oleson (University of Hawai`i at Manoa)

Coral reefs provide numerous ecosystem goods and services critical to human well-being (e.g., protection from storms and floods, food, income, recreation, and cultural practices), but they are threatened by growing human pressures and climate change. Resource managers must make complex decisions when developing adaptation plans that are cost-effective and maintain coral reef functions while still allowing for human use and development. Through this project, scientists developed a decision-support tool for managers to (1) identify the areas that provide the most critical coral reef services (i.e., supply the most value to humans) as well as the areas of reef most threatened, and (2) compare the effects of reef management strategies under different climate scenarios. This tool will help local managers more efficiently and effectively protect coral reefs and the valuable services they provide.

Coral, NW Hawaiian Islands; Credit: NOAA

Affiliation(s): Pacific Islands CSC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Kirsten Oleson (University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
Co-Investigator(s):
  • Ken Bagstad (USGS Geoscience and Environmental Change Science Center)
  • Delwyn Oki (USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center)
  • Greg Guannel (Stanford University/Natural Capital Project)
  • Mehana Blaich-Vaughan (University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
  • Erik Franklin (University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
  • PingSun Leung (University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
  • Leah Bremer (University of Hawai`i at Manoa and Stanford University/Natural Capital Project)
Cooperator(s)/Partner(s):
  • Kevin Hamilton (University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
  • Evan Howell (NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center)
  • Chip Fletcher (University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
  • Heather Kerkering (Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS))
  • Arielle Levine (San Diego State University)
  • Kellie Vache (Oregon State University/Common Futures)
  • Susan Yee (U.S. EPA Office of Research & Development)
  • Emma Anders (Hawai`i Department of Land and Natural Resources)
  • Tova Callendar (West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative)
  • Malia Chow (National Marine Sanctuary)
  • Matt Gonser (University of Hawai`i Sea Grant)
  • Jason Philibotte (Conservation International)

Start Date: September 2013

End Date: September 2016

Project Status: Completed

Tags: CSC, Pacific Islands CSC, 2013, Ecosystem Services Trade-off Modeling, Decision-support Tool, Water and Ice, Education, Modeling and Tools, Coral Reefs, Decision-Making Support and Tools

Fiscal Year: FY 2013 Projects

Publications & Other

  • Final Project Report for "Valuing Climate Change Impacts on Coral Reef Ecosystem Services"

    • PICSC FinalReport Oleson ValuingReefResources 16DEC2016.pdf (Download)
      • Project Snapshot: Valuing Climate Change Impacts on Coral Reef Ecosystem Services

        • PICSC_ResearchFeature_Oleson_ValuingCoralReefs.pdf (Download)