Research

University Consortium Project Summaries

Funded FY2016

Impacts of climate change in loko i‘a (traditional Hawaiian fishponds) management II
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PI -
Jason Adolf, Assoc. Professor of Marine Science, UH Hilo
Co-PI -
Kamala Anthony, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo

Kilo Lani: Reconstructing historical climate patterns in Hawai‘i using traditional knowledge and dendrology
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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
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PI -
Steven Colbert, Assoc. Professor of Marine Science, UH Hilo
Co-PI -
Cherie Kauahi, Tropical Conservation Biology & Environmental Science, UH Hilo

Mitigating climate change impacts: What drives thermal resiliency in Hawai‘i's coral reefs?
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PI -
Ruth Gates, Director, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Shayle Matsuda, Department of Marine Biology, UH Mānoa

Evaluating the economic impacts of climate variability and change on Mauiís freshwater resources and ecosystem services
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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PI -
Thomas Giambelluca, Professor of Geography, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Abby Frazier, Department of Geography, UH Mānoa

Forecasting climate and land use/cover change impacts on freshwater ecosystem services in Maui through integration of hydrological and participatory models
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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
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PI -
Craig Nelson, Assistant Researcher of Oceanography, UH Mānoa
Co-PI -
Emilia Sogin, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany

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

Monitoring and analysis of climate variability and change in Hawai‘i
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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
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PI -
John Jenson, Professor of Environmental Geology, WERI, Univ. of Guam
Co-PI -
Mark Lander, Asst. Professor of Tropical Meteorology, WERI, Univ. of Guam