Project

Very Fine Resolution Dynamical Downscaling of Past and Future Climates for Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the Islands of O`ahu and Kaua`i

Project Summary

Affiliation(s): Pacific Islands CSC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Yuqing Wang (University of Hawai`i at Manoa)

Throughout the State of Hawai`i, there is widespread public and official concern about the impacts of anticipated anthropogenic climate change over the coming decades. Such a concern is present globally, but the Hawaiian Islands have special issues in terms of vulnerability of their small, geographically isolated watersheds and ecosystems. The Hawaiian Islands are notable in that they have received considerably less attention from the climate modeling community than most other populated areas of the world. Due to their small dimensions and steep topography, the Hawaiian Islands are poorly resolved in current state-of-the-art global models used for long-term climate simulations. This project will apply a very fine-resolution regional model to downscale global model results to provide the best possible representations of recent past climate and projections of future climate. These simulations will include the key variables needed for land management decisions including rainfall, surface sensible heat fluxes and evaporation, radiative fluxes, wind, and temperature at small horizontal scales for Islands of Oahu and Hawai`i. The complete high-resolution simulations, as well as specialized products such as projected flooding and drought climatologies, will be provided via a web portal to any interested parties. 

View of Oahu North Shore - Public Domain

Affiliation(s): Pacific Islands CSC

Principal Investigator(s):
  • Yuqing Wang (University of Hawai`i at Manoa)
Co-Investigator(s):
  • Kevin Hamilton (UH Manoa)
Cooperator(s)/Partner(s):
  • Kirsten Oleson (UH Manoa)
  • Axel Lauer (Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies, Germany)

Start Date: August 2013

End Date: September 2015

Project Status: Completed

Tags: CSC, Pacific Islands CSC, 2013, Dynamical Downscaling, Very Fine Resolution, Oahu, Hawai'i, Climate Change Scenarios, Education, Modeling and Tools, Climate and Ecosystem Modeling

Fiscal Year: FY 2013 Projects

Publications & Other

  • A Statistical Analysis of the Effects of Vertical Wind Shear on Tropical Cyclone Intensity Change over the Western North Pacific

      • 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

              • Final Project Report - Very Fine Resolution Dynamical Downscaling of Past and Future Climates for Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the Islands of O`ahu and Kaua`i

                • PICSC Final Report Wang DD_Oahu&Kauai 2016 11 17.pdf (Download)
                  • Project Snapshot: Very Fine Resolution Dynamical Downscaling of Past and Future Climates for Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the Islands of O`ahu and Kaua`i

                    • PICSC_ResearchFeature_Wang_DownscaleHawaiiClimate.pdf (Download)

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