February 26 – 27, 2015, East-West Center, Keoni Auditorium,
Hawai‘i Imin Conference Center (map),
University of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

The Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PICSC) and the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC) aid the US Department of the Interior (DOI) in incorporating the effects of climate variation and change in its mission to protect the nation’s natural and cultural resources. The second PICSC/PICCC Science Symposium will be held in Honolulu in February 2015. This Symposium will provide an opportunity to learn about progress, discuss future directions, and explore opportunities for new research teams.

Keynote Address, February 26, 2015, 9:25 – 10:00 AM
“Hot Spots of Vulnerability to Climate Change: Low-Lying Coasts and Small Islands”
Dr. Virginia Burkett, Chief Scientist for Climate and Land Use Change, US Geological Survey

Plenary Panel, February 27, 2015, 8:40 – 9:45 AM
"Climate Law & Policy – Emerging Developments from the Local to the Global"
This plenary session brings together political and policy leaders working at the forefront of climate change mitigation and adaptation at local, national, and international scales.
Panelists:

Hawaiʻi State Representative Chris Lee, co-author of climate adaptation legislation for Hawaiʻi enacted in 2014
Jacqueline Kozack-Thiel, Hawaiʻi State Sustainability Coordinator and participant on President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience
Maxine Burkett, Associate Professor of Law, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law, expert in climate law with a particular focus on climate justice

Plenary Panel, February 27, 2015, 12:30 – 1:15 PM

"Co-producing Knowledge and Adaptation Strategies"
Both PICCC and PICSC support the important linkage between climate science and adaptation of communities in the face of changing climate. This panel explores two projects that are focused on bringing local ecological knowledge together with science to better understand and manage resources into the future. Two of the project coordinators of a PICCC-supported project, Hannah Kihalani Springer (Kaʻūpūlehu community member) and Heather McMillan (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa ethnobotanist) will discuss their project, which utilizes traditional ecological knowledge to understand climate change impacts and preserve key cultural and natural resources in Kaʻūpūlehu, Hawaiʻi. Noe Puniwai (Hilo community member and University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa doctoral candidate) will share her research conducted with Hamakua coastal users that explores stakeholder perceptions and knowledge of coastal processes and adaptation. The speakers will include how they co-developed project objectives, touch on both bright spots and challenges, and discuss how communities and researchers move forward together within a climate change adaptation context.

This symposium has been finished.
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