Research

University Consortium Project Summaries

Funded FY2016

Kilo Lani: Reconstructing historical climate patterns in Hawai‘i using traditional knowledge and dendrology
Technical narrative


PI -
Rosie Alegado, Assistant Researcher, Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program, UH Mānoa
Co-Is -
Axel Timmermann, Professor, Oceanography, UH Mānoa/IPRC
Puakea Nogelmeier, Professor, Kawaihu‘elani Center for Hawaiian Language

Impacts of climate change in loko i‘a (traditional Hawaiian fishponds) management I
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Steven Colbert, Assoc. Professor of Marine Science, UH Hilo
Co-PI -
Cherie Kauahi, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo

Impacts of climate change in loko i‘a (traditional Hawaiian fishponds) management II
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Steven Colbert, Assoc. Professor of Marine Science, UH Hilo
Co-PI -
Kamala Anthony, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo

Mitigating climate change impacts: What drives thermal resiliency in Hawai‘i's coral reefs?
Technical narrative

PI -
Ruth Gates, Director, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Shayle Matsuda, Department of Marine Biology, UH Mānoa

Improving culturally relevant educational resources in lesson plans on climate science in Guam
Technical narrative

PI -
Romina King, Asst. Professor of Geography, University of Guam
Co-PI -
Cassandra-Jay Flores-Hughes, School of Education/Geography Department, University of Guam

Developing resilience for small businesses affected by climate change
Technical narrative

PI -
Romina King, Asst. Professor of Geography, University of Guam
Co-PI -
Marcell Higgs, Macronesian Studies Department, University of Guam

Evaluating the economic impacts of climate variability and change on Mauiís freshwater resources and ecosystem services
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Kirsten L. L. Oleson, NREM, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Victoria Keener, PacRISA, East West Center, UH Mānoa

Albizia as a solution for climate change mitigation and sustainable agriculture
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Rebecca Ostertag, Professor of Biology, UH Hilo
Co-PI -
Joanna Norton, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo

Estimating coastal erosion rates on Hawai‘i Island to inform setbacks
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Ryan L. Perroy, Asst. Professor of Geography and Environmental Science, UH Hilo
Co-PI -
Rose Hart, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo

Predicting Hawai‘i water demand under climate change
Technical narrative

PI -
Michael J. Roberts, Assoc. Professor of Economics, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Nathan Demaagd, Department of Economics, UH Mānoa

Planning for sea level rise: Increasing rural O‘ahu coastal community resilience by addressing on-site wastewater management
Technical narrative

PI -
Daniele Spirandelli, Asst. Professor of Coastal Policy and Community Development, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Theresa Dean, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UH Mānoa

Investigating climate driven shifts in Staphylococcus aureus and MSRA for water resource and land management solutions
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Tracy Wiegner, Assoc. Professor of Marine Science, UH Hilo
Co-PI -
Louise Economy, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo

Funded FY2015

The effect of climate change on high elevation ecosystems and freshwater resources in Hawai‘i
Technical narrative

PI -
Thomas Giambelluca, Professor of Geography, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Abby Frazier, Department of Geography, UH Mānoa

Tracking climate variability through chloride concentration in municipal production well histories on the Yigo-Tumon basin, Northern Guam Lens Aquifer
Technical narrative

PI -
Nathen Habana, Asst. Professor of Groundwater Hydrology, University of Guam
Co-PI -
Erin Miller, Environmental Science Graduate Program, University of Guam

Groundwater percolation in northern Guam: Insights from Jinapsan Cave
Technical narrative

PI -
John Jenson, Professor of Environmental Geology, WERI, University of Guam
Co-PI -
Kaylyn Bautista, WERI, University of Guam

Forecasting climate and land use/cover change impacts on freshwater ecosystem services in Maui through integration of hydrological and participatory models
Technical narrative

PI -
Christopher Lepczyk, Dept. Natural Resources & Environmental Mgmt, UH Mānoa
Co-Is -
Steven Gray, NREM, UH Mānoa
Kirsten Oleson, NREM, UH Mānoa
Yin-Phan Tsang, NREM, UH Mānoa

Baseline assessment of coral-associated microbial communities
Technical narrative

PI -
Craig Nelson, Assistant Researcher of Oceanography, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Emilia Sogin, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany

GIS@CIS Program at the University of Guam
Technical narrative

PI -
John Peterson, Director of Center for Island Sustainability, University of Guam
Co-Is -
Romina King, Asst Professor of Geography, University of Guam
Maria Kottermair, Geospatial Coordinator, University of Guam

Manager Climate Corps
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Don Straney, Chancellor, UH Hilo
Co-Is -
Sharon Ziegler-Chong, Research & Community Partnerships, UH Hilo
Scott Laursen, Technical Projects Specialist, PI-CSC/UHH

Multi-year sea level predictions for the Pacific Ocean
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Axel Timmermann, International Pacific Research Center, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Matthew J. Widlansky, International Pacific Research Center, UH Mānoa

Coral adaptation and acclimatization to global change: resilience to hotter, more acidic oceans
Technical narrative

PI -
Robert Toonen, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Chris Jury, Department of Oceanography & HIMB, UH Mānoa

Funded FY2013

Archipelago-wide demography of Hawai‘i's most abundant, but declining, native tree, Metrosideros polymorpha
Technical narrative


PI -
Kasey Barton, Department of Botany, UH Mānoa
Co-I -
Tiffany Knight, iDiv German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research

Real-time observations of benthic ocean chemistry on two coral reefs in West Hawai‘i
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Steven Colbert, Marine Science Department, UH Hilo
Co-PI -
Jim Beets, Marine Science Department, UH Hilo

Characterizing plant species on the habitat generalist-specialist continuum: anticipating sensitivity to climate change
Technical narrative

PI -
Don Drake, Professor of Botany, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Alison Ainsworth, Department of Botany, UH Mānoa

Reconstructing pre-historic climate variability in Hawai‘i and the tropical Pacific using tree rings
Technical narrative

PI -
Patrick Hart, Professor of Biology, UH Hilo

Stand level water-use in forests of contrasting rainfall regimes: Assessing the impacts of future drying on native Hawaiian ecosystems
Technical narrative

PI -
Rebecca Ostertag, Professor of Biology, UH Hilo
Co-Is -
Thomas Giambelluca, Professor of Geography, UH Mānoa Christian Giardina, Inst. of Pacific Islands Forestry, US Forest Service
Susan Cordell, Inst. of Pacific Islands Forestry, US Forest Service
Creighton Litton, Dept. Natural Resources & Environmental Mgmt, UH Mānoa
Yoshiyuki Miyazawa, Kyushu University

Epiphytes as a bioindicator of climate in the Hawaiian Islands
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Jonathan Price, Assoc. Professor of Geography, UH Hilo
Co-PI -
Scarlett Kettwich, Department of Geography, UH Hilo

Funded FY2012

Empirical projection of future shoreline position and inundation due to sea level rise
Technical narrative

PI -
Charles Fletcher, Professor of Geology&Geophysics, UH Mānoa

Monitoring and analysis of climate variability and change in Hawai‘i
General summary
Technical narrative

PI -
Thomas Giambelluca, Professor of Geography, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Ryan Longman, Department of Geography, UH Mānoa

Rainfall and groundwater sampling and paleoclimate reconstruction for Guam and the Western Pacific
Technical narrative

PI -
John Jenson, Professor of Environmental Geology, WERI, Univ. of Guam
Co-PI -
Mark Lander, Asst. Professor of Tropical Meteorology, WERI, Univ. of Guam