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Hawaiian Islands Climate Synthesis Project 
Overview

The Hawaiian Islands encompass a dynamic region featuring iconic habitats and species at risk from a number of stresses. Climate change impacts, coupled with land use changes, invasive species spread, and population growth and development, all have important implications for the ecosystem services upon which over 1.4 million people rely. This project brings together Hawai'i's resource managers and conservation planners to discuss these challenges, share knowledge, identify needs, and prioritize key actions to reduce the vulnerability of resources to climate change. 

The Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative has initiated a multi-year Hawaiian Islands Terrestrial Adaptation Initiative (HITAI) to assist managers in all aspects of confronting the challenges presented by climate change. To place this Initiative on a firm scientific foundation, the PICCC asked EcoAdapt to develop comprehensive, science-based syntheses of current and projected future climate change and impacts on, and adaptation options for, terrestrial and freshwater resources within each of the main Hawaiian Islands. 

Objectives
  • Convene an effective science-management partnership to evaluate climate impacts to and adaptation options for focal resources;
  • Identify climate science available to and used by managers and conservation planners, as well as critical needs and gaps that may be filled by this project;
  • Identify and synthesize best available climate science to support reliable and timely decision making and stewardship;
  • Increase understanding of the climate-related vulnerabilities of key resources of the main Hawaiian Islands, in addition to the compounding effects of non-climatic stressors;
  • Facilitate the creation of adaptation options to reduce these vulnerabilities; and
  • Create a climate-engaged public that can make informed decisions to support sustainable management of terrestrial and freshwater resources. 
Timeline

Products
  • Hawaiian Islands Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation Synthesis report
  • Vulnerability Assessment Technical Syntheses
  • Adaptation Strategy Summaries
  • Vulnerability-Adaptation Two-Page Briefs
 
Project Partners
     

Stakeholder Working Group
Scott Fretz, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Skippy Hau, DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources
Pōmaika'i Kaniaupio-Crozier, Puu Kukui Watershed Preserve
Erica von Allmen, Auwahi Forest Restoration Project
Rhonda Loh, National Park Service
Colleen Cole, Three Mountain Alliance
Susan Cordell, USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station
Jim Kraus, Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
Trae Menard, The Nature Conservancy
Paul Higashino, Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission
Victoria Keener, East-West Center
Jason Jeremiah, Kamehameha Schools
Megan Laut, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Matt Brown, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Dennis LaPointe, U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
Ed Misaki, The Nature Conservancy
Kapua Kawelo, Army Natural Resource Program
Leah Laramee, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Sherri Mann, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Darcy Hu, Hawai'i-Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit
Vickie Caraway, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

For more information, contact Rachel M. Gregg