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NameA Coupled Climate-Ecosystem Observatory Along Elevational Gradients on Windward and Leeward Hawaii Island
DescriptionA series of climate stations and permanent vegetation plots, used to examine conditions now, and to follow over the long-term, to be able to study how climate interacts with forest growth, mortality, and species composition; contains two elevation gradients, one in windward side and one in leeward side.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSFS, UCLA, DLNR
ContactsBecky Ostertag, ostertag@hawaii.edu
NameA Framework to Support Climate Change Adaptation Measures and Investments for Agriculture, Tourism, Water Resources and Infrastructure in Palau
DescriptionDevelopment of a framework to support climate change adaptation measures and investments for agriculture, tourism, water resources and infrastructure in Palau.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Western North Pacific
Lead Agencies
Contacts
NameADAPT Asia-Pacific
DescriptionThe principal objective of ADAPT Asia-Pacific is to establish a fully functional and self-sustaining adaptation project preparation facility that will not only support preparation of specific projects, but also build the capacity of the region’s governments to independently access climate adaptation funds. ADAPT Asia-Pacific works in 27 target countries in the Asia and Pacific region. Eligible nations in the Pacific include: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSAID, APAN, UNDP
Contactsinfo@asiapacificadapt.net
NameAdaptation to Climate Change in the Coastal Zone in Vanuatu
DescriptionThis Vanuatu NAPA-2 program will improve the resilience of the coastal zone to the impacts of climate change in order to sustain livelihood, food production and preserve and improve the quality of life in targeted vulnerable areas. Main components: (1) Integrated community approaches to climate change adaptation; (2) Information and early warning systems on coastal hazards; (3) Climate change governance; and (4) Knowledge management.(More…)
Status
  • planned
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUNDP Fiji MCO
ContactsAsenaca Ravuvu, asenaca.ravuvu@undp.org
NameAdapting to Climate Change in the Coral Triangle
DescriptionAdapting to climate change in the Coral Triangle. This is a sub-project of the GEF Coral Triangle Initiative, a multi-agency partnership led by the ADB.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesADB, UNDP
Contacts
NameAdvancing Best Practices for the Formulation of Localized Sea Level Rise/Coastal Inundation Extremes Scenarios for Military Installations in the Pacific Islands
DescriptionGuidance will be developed, through an iterative process of analysis and assessment complimented by periodic expert input that outlines best practices and methodologies that can be used to formulate probabilistic estimates of extreme events under a changing climate for specific locations in the Pacific Islands. This will include the creation of innovative proof-of-concept products that can be used directly to support decision-making ranging from area-wide vulnerability assessment related to climate adaptation planning and disaster risk reduction to site-specific analysis related to design and maintenance of facilities and infrastructure at select DoD sites. Attention will also be given to incorporating the results of the work into IT-based decision-support and visualization tools.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Western North Pacific
Lead AgenciesNOAA/NESDIS/NCDC
ContactsJohn Marra, Regional Climate Services Director - Pacific Region, john.marra@noaa.gov
NameAgricultural Food Crops Development in Kiribati
DescriptionThis project aims to maintain main existing gene banks: to increase and diversify food crop production throughout Kiribati; to make more people attracted to, see economic opportunities in, and engaged in varieties of agricultural systems; and to increase efforts at planning out and meeting support requirements for agricultural activities throughout the islands.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesMELA
Contacts
NameApplication of Latest IPCC Climate Models to Forecast Possible Marine Ecosystem Changes in the North Pacific Over the 21st Century (1 of 2)
DescriptionCoral reef ecosystem health is highly impacted by ocean temperature variability. The NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) has been recording subsurface temperature data from various habitats (forereef, backreef, and lagoon) and depth ranges (1 – 35 m) in coral reef environments from around the Pacific in disparate oceanographic regimes for 10 years. To better understand subsurface temperature variability across various habitat, depth, and regional oceanographic conditions, these data need to be analyzed in the context of seasonal to interannual variability, for correlations of regional to basin scale forcing mechanisms, and compared to remotely sensed products, which is currently the scientific standard for assessing thermal conditions on coral reefs.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesNOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC)
ContactsJamie Gove, jamison.grove@noaa.gov Russell Brainard, rusty.brainard@noaa.gov
NameApplication of Latest IPCC Climate Models to Forecast Possible Marine Ecosystem Changes in the North Pacific Over the 21st Century (2 of 2)
DescriptionTake output from the latest IPCC climate models that include a phytoplankton component and use various approaches to project possible high trophic level impacts. The approaches include: i) a biome approach; ii) driving ecosystem/fisheries models with phytoplankton output from the climate model; and iii) a size spectrum model approach.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
Lead AgenciesNOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC)
ContactsJeffrey Polovina, jeffery.polovina@noaa.gov Phoebe Woodworth, phoebe.woodworth@noaa.gov
NameAsia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Project Preparation Facility
DescriptionIncrease access to financial resources for climate change adaptation investment projects; strengthen national human and institutional capacity in preparation of financing proposals; and strengthen regional knowledge platform to share information and processes on climate change projects, funds and best practices to promote replication and scaling up.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesWWF, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, ARD Inc., NOAA
Contacts
NameAsia Pacific Mangrove Monitoring
DescriptionWe are working with various Pacific Island nations to identify the ecological attributes of mangroves that may be more resilient to sea level rise. This involves a Pacific-wide rod surface accretion table (RSET) network that quantifies the rate at which mangroves are rising or falling in relation to sea level rise. This information is also being used to help secure C credits, which can be used to restore of conserve these valuable ecosystems. We are also quantifying accretion rates using naturally occurring 210Pb and 137Cs. RSETs have already been installed in Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Palau.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSDA/FS/PSW
ContactsRich MacKenzie, rmackenzie@fs.fed.us
NameAssessing Climate Change Effects on Forest Bird Populations in the Alakai, Kauai
DescriptionUses population counts since the mid-1980s, blood samples, some mosquito counts, and changes in temperature and streamflow to assess the effect of climate change on forest birds in the Alakai, Kauai.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSGS/PIERC, UH
ContactsGordon Tribble, gtribble@usgs.gov
NameAssessment and Rapid Reef Response Plan
DescriptionThis plan is designed to monitor for multiple threats to coral reefs, including, but not limited to: bleaching events, Crown of Thorns outbreaks, disease outbreaks and hurricanes. This plan will be put into effect to determine if key sites have experience coral loss, what the cause of the coral loss is, quantify the amount of loss at sites, document the progression of the loss episode, and monitor survival rate at those sites. A workshop was held in June 2012 to train local natural resource managers about coral bleaching signs and impacts on coral reefs.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesDepartment of Marine and Wildlife Resources
ContactsDoug Fenner, douglasfennertassi@gmail.com
NameBleaching Response Plan for American Samoa
DescriptionThe development of a bleaching response plan for American Samoa will guide the monitoring of mass coral bleaching events, but also other major disturbances like hurricanes, coral disease outbreaks, and crown-of-thorn starfish outbreaks.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesClimate Change Local Action Strategy group of the Coral Reef Advisory Group of American Samoa, which includes AS Dept. Commerce, AS Dept. Marine & Wildlife Resources, AS EPA, Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary, National Park of American Samoa, and AS Community College
ContactsDouglas Fenner, douglasfennertassi@gmail.com
NameChanges in Distribution and Abundance of Native Forest Birds in High Elevation Habitat on Hawaii Island
DescriptionRecent research has shown that high elevation forests critical to the persistence of native Hawaii forest birds may be disproportionately susceptible to climate change. Begin long-term quarterly sampling of birds from Hakalau Forest NWR to document the response of this important bird community to a changing climate.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSGS/BRD/PIERC
ContactsPatrick Hart, Patrick_J_Hart@usgs.gov
NameCities and Climate Change Initiative Asia Pacific
DescriptionThis initiative aims to strengthen the climate change response of cities and local governments.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesLocal governments, universities
Contacts
NameClimate Change and Pacific Island Water Resources
DescriptionWe are taking a three-tiered approach to examine how changes in precipitation will impact stream flow and habitat. The first tier is a space for time substitution, where are sampling various parameters in streams located along a naturally occurring steep precipitation gradient (2500-6000 mm/yr). The second tier involves remeasuring those parameters over to document inter and intra annual variation. The third tier incorporates all of the above data into a model (DHSVM) to forecast the impacts of climate change on stream ecosystems.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSFS/PSW, State of Hawaii DAR, UH Manoa, UH Hilo, Kamehameha Schools, Michigan State University
ContactsRich MacKenzie, rmackenzie@fs.fed.us
NameClimate Change Education Kits
DescriptionClimate change lesson guides for teachers, designed to provide a basic understanding of climate change and provide a solid link between local ecosystem services provided by coral reefs and how those will change with climate change. These include lesson plans, experiments and classroom activities, and a 36-page Climate Change Activity Book.(More…)
Status
  • planned
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesCoral Reef Advisory Group
ContactsWhitney Peterson, whitney.peterson@doc.as
NameClimate Variability Influences on Trends in Streamflow and Precipitation Records at Selected Sites in the Pacific Islands Region
DescriptionAnalysis of streamflow and precipitation trends during different phases of ENSO and PDO at selected sites in Hawaii, American Samoa, and Western Pacific islands. Trends will be analyzed using non-parametric statistical tests and spectral analysis.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and Drought
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSGS/PIWSC, USGS/PIERC, Pacific RISA
ContactsDelwyn Oki, dsoki@usgs.gov Lisa Miller, ldmiller@usgs.gov Victoria Keener, KeenerV@EastWestCenter.org
NameCloud Nasara Pacific Climate Animation Project
DescriptionThe Cloud Nasara (meaning meeting place) Pacific Climate Animation Project is an innovative new collaboration between Red Cross, the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning Program, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department, and the SPC-GIZ Climate Change Program. Cloud Nasara aims to increase awareness of the science and impacts of climate variability in the Pacific, and to provoke discussion around how communities can access forecast information and take low regrets actions to prepare for future El Nino and La Nina events and adapt to climate change.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Pacific Basin
Lead AgenciesRed Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning Program, Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department, SPC-GIZ Climate Change Program
ContactsRebecca McNaught, Senior Climate Advisor, mcnaught@climatecentre.org
NameCoastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific
DescriptionTo promote the conservation and sustainable use of globally significant coastal and marine resources in the Coral Triangle region through the introduction of integrated and ecosystem-based coastal and marine resources management in five Pacific countries.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesADB
Contacts
NameCoastal Community Adaptation Project
DescriptionThe Pacific Island countries comprise the most vulnerable region in the world to climate change. The nature-based livelihoods and diverse cultures that have risen from these island nations—some of which stand only meters above sea level—are being challenged, and in some cases overwhelmed, by sea level rise, changing ocean temperatures and acidity, increasing air temperatures, shifting rainfall and storm patterns, and other impacts of climate change that are projected to increase over the next 100 years. National adaptation strategies and policies are in place, but implementation lags at the community level. Climate-smart decision making to improve coastal zone and water resource management and strengthen disaster management must be applied in communities across the Pacific for the region to successfully adapt to climate change. This project is for the countries of Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and the Federated States of Micronesia. We will build the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to withstand more intense and frequent weather events and ecosystem degradation in the short term, and sea level rise in the long term.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSAID, Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI)
Contactspinquiries@usaid.gov
NameCombatting Coral Bleaching and Ocean Acidification
DescriptionManagement techniques that prevent bleaching of limited reef areas are the only direct interventions known that might reduce coral mortality due to climate change. This project explores methods to cool areas of coral reef and test bleaching recovery methods on coral reefs in American Samoa. This study will measure efficacy and scalability of this technology for potential future tests and use in a deployable or installed system. Additionally, it will monitor nearby bleaching levels and validate NOAA's predictive bleaching model.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesThe Climate Foundation, American Samoa DMWR
ContactsBrian Von Herzen, brian@climatefoundation.org
NameCommunity Resilience Guide
DescriptionAs a counterpart to the Territorial Adaptation Framework, the Community Resilience Guide enables local communities to brainstorm their own prioritized adaptation activities of which they can take charge.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesCoral Reef Advisory Group
ContactsWhitney Peterson, whitney.peterson@doc.as
NameCommunity-based Adaptation Programme
DescriptionThe objective of the program is to enhance the capacity of communities in the pilot countries to adapt to climate change including variability. Planned outcomes are: 1) Enhanced adaptive capacity allows communities to reduce their vulnerability to adverse impacts of future climate hazards; 2) National policies and programs include community-based adaptation priorities to promote replication, up-scaling and integration of best practices derived from community-based adaptation projects; and 3) Cooperation among member countries promotes global innovation in adaptation to climate change including variability.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
  • Global
Lead AgenciesUNDP
Contacts
NameCook Islands Infrastructure Development Project - Increasing Climate Resilience of Island Infrastructure
DescriptionThis project aims to promote environmentally sound development of infrastructure for power, water supply, sanitation, solid waste, and transport in support of the Government’s pro-poor objectives.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead Agencies
Contacts
NameCoping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region
DescriptionSix main components: 1) Strengthening regional advisory and management capacity - support SPC in technical deliveries; support development of Regional CC Portal; 2) Mainstreaming climate considerations and adaptations strategies - support mainstreaming CC in national forest policies, land use policies and plans, and sector legislations, development of national CCA strategies land-based sectors, development of national CC policies; 3) Implementing adaptation and mitigation measures - establishment of pilot sites for food security and land use planning, innovative community approaches, promote reef-to-ridge approach, REDD+; 4) Sustainable tourism and climate change - assessment of interventions currently underway; 5) Sustainable energy management - support development of National Energy Policies and Strategies, renewable readiness/potential assessments, energy audits; 6) Climate Change Education - New learning outcomes on climate change introduced in school curricula across various subjects and levels.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesGIZ, SPC
ContactsDr. Wulf Killmann, wulf.killmann@giz.de
NameCoral Reef Restoration, Monitoring, and Stock Enhancement in Kiribati
DescriptionThis project aims to gain more detailed information on observed coral bleaching, including factors causing health problems to the corals and ciguatera fish poisoning; to establish, implement a sustainable monitoring program to cover two atolls; to pilot a restoration scheme for coral species in areas of low growth; and to establish marine protected areas. To establish a project where stock enhancement contributes in maintaining a vigorous coral reef.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesMFMRD, MHM
Contacts
NameCoral Reef Temperature Anomaly Database
DescriptionThe CoRTAD contains a collection of sea surface temperature (SST) and related thermal stress metrics, developed specifically for coral reef ecosystem applications but relevant to other ecosystems as well. The CoRTAD contains global, approximately 4 km resolution SST data on a weekly time scale from 1981 through 2010.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
  • Pacific Basin
  • Global
Lead AgenciesNOAA National Oceanographic Data Center
ContactsKenneth Casey, Kenneth.Casey@noaa.gov
NameCoral Resilience in Hotter, More Acidic Oceans
DescriptionMechanisms of coral calcification and the synergistic impacts of temperature, carbonate chemistry and feeding on coral growth and survival.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
  • Pacific Basin
Lead AgenciesNOAA, NPS
ContactsRob Toonen, toonen@hawaii.edu
NameDeveloping a DST for Understanding Impacts of Climate Change and Invasive Species on Watershed Function and Aquatic Habitat Quality
DescriptionWe are working with to develop a user-friendly decision support tool that will identify what, where and when specific management actions are needed to increase the resilience of Pacific Island landscapes. We have fully parameterized and calibrated a Distributed Hydrology, Soils, Vegetation Model (DHSVM), which we have used to model how various climate and invasive species scenarios will impact water yield.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSFS, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii State Division of Aquatic Resources, Kamehameha Schools
ContactsRich MacKenzie, rmackenzie@fs.fed.us
NameDeveloping a Method for Adaptive Management and Protection from Climate Change in Mangrove and Coral Reef Ecosystems
DescriptionThis project sought to develop a generalizable approach for assessing vulnerability and adaptation of mangroves and associated ecosystems in high biodiversity tropical mangrove areas and associated coral reed, sea-grass and upland ecosystems.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesWWF, Wetlands International, Institute of Applied Sciences, Wildlife Conservation Society, communities
Contacts
NameDeveloping the Capacity to Better Predict the Composition of Reef Communities in a Future of Intensifying Climate Change Based on the Analysis of Symbodinium Communities
DescriptionExamine the impact of climate change on coral reef communities in the National Park of American Samoa.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUH/HIMB, NPS
ContactsRuth Gates, rgates@hawaii.edu
NameDevelopment of Adaptation Strategies and Community-based Risk Management Tools for Four Vulnerable Communities in the Cook Islands
DescriptionThe project will incorporate community-based impact and adaptation strategies within four vulnerable communities on Aitutaki and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesWWF-Cook Islands
Contacts
NameDistrict-Level Ecosystem-Based Management Planning for Adaptation to Climate Change
DescriptionWCS has developed a model for district-level ecosystem-based management planning that includes considerations for adapting to future environmental and climate change. We are currently rolling out the model for all of the districts of Bua Province, Fiji, which involves: biological assessments to design resilient MPA networks; socioeconomic assessments to assess resource pressure and use; surveys of traditional knowledge to inform adaptation strategies; management rule and action plan development; and monitoring and evaluation. A portion of the work involves trialing new scientific tools to best be able to measure and monitor socio-ecological resilience, while the remainder involves capacity building with local communities and partners to increase ability for adaptive management of natural resources for sustainable use.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesWildlife Conservation Society
ContactsStacy Jupiter, Program Director, sjupiter@wcs.org
NameEarly Warning/Early Action Across the Pacific
DescriptionEarly Warning Early Action is about making decisions and taking preparedness actions using scientific information before disaster strikes. In tackling the humanitarian implications of climate change, we can utilise not only long-term climate predictions, but also weather and seasonal forecasts to enhance our decision-making and take action to save lives, reduce injury and impacts of disasters. Red Cross in the Pacific has been working with national and regional weather and climate information providers to bridge the gap between information and action.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Pacific Basin
Lead AgenciesRed Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
ContactsRebecca McNaught, Senior Climate Advisor, mcnaught@climatecentre.org
NameEconomics of Adaptation to Climate Change
DescriptionThe two specific objectives of the study were: (1) to develop a global estimate of adaptation costs to inform the international community’s efforts to tailor support and provide new and additional resources to help vulnerable developing countries meet adaptation costs; and (2) to support decision makers in developing countries to better evaluate and assess the risks posed by climate change and to better design strategies to adapt to climate change.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
  • Global
Lead AgenciesWorld Bank
Contacts
NameEffect of Groundwater Pumping and Climate Change on Ancialine Ponds in West Hawaii
DescriptionExperimental tests of tolerances native Hawaiian damselflies and shrimp to a range of salinity. As sea level rises and/or precipitation and groundwater flows decrease in West Hawaii, the ability of native pool fauna to survive in anchialine pools will depend partly on salinity tolerance. Use experimental data on the sensitivity of aquatic invertebrates in anchialine ponds to assess how climate change will affect their habitat.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSGS/PIERC, NPS, UC Berkeley
ContactsDavid Foote, DFoote@usgs.gov
NameEffects of Landscape Change on Island Birds
DescriptionThis project models bird species' responses to long-term and large-scale landscape change on Pohnpei Island, Federated States of Micronesia. Data from bird surveys spanning back to 1983 combined with 30 years of vegetation mapping will be used to create a predictive model of species change to guide reforestation and assess climate change model projections. This is the first effort of this kind in the Pacific Islands outside of Hawaii.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Western North Pacific
Lead AgenciesU of Missouri, College of Micronesia, Pacific Islands Conservation Research Association
ContactsDylan Kesler, KeslerD@Missouri.edu
NameEnabling Kiribati Effective Participation at Regional and International Forums on Climate Change
DescriptionTo enhance the effectiveness of conveying climate change related information based on Kiribati national circumstances to regional and international meetings on climate change. To increase Kiribati capability to influence international efforts at mitigating climate change, and at addressing immediate and urgent, and longer term adaptation needs.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesMFAI
Contacts
NameEnhancing Adaptive Capacity of Communities to Climate Change-Related Floods in the North Coast and Islands Region of Papua New Guinea
DescriptionThe overall objective is to strengthen the ability of communities in Papua New Guinea to make informed decisions about and adapt to climate change-driven hazards affecting both coastal and riverine communities. In particular, the program will focus on resilience towards occurrences of coastal and inland flooding events. Concept approved by Adaptation Fund Board in June 2011.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUNDP
Contacts
NameEnhancing Resilience of Communities in the Solomon Islands to the Adverse Effects of Climate Change in Agriculture and Food Security
DescriptionEnhancing resilience of communities in the Solomon Islands to the adverse effects of climate change in agriculture and food security. Concept submitted to the Adaptation Fund Board.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUNDP
Contacts
NameEnhancing Resilience of Communities of the Cook Islands through Integrated Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Measures
DescriptionVulnerability assessment, development of community based adaptive management plans and institutional strengthening. Concept note approved by the Adaptation Fund Board on December 15, 2010.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUNDP
Contacts
NameEnhancing Resilience of Rural Communities to Flood and Drought-Related Climate Change and Disaster Risks in the Ba Catchment Area of Fiji
DescriptionThis project will integrate climate change into current flood/drought risk management through information generation, training and dissemination. Concept approved by Adaptation Fund Board in June 2011.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUNDP, Fiji Department of the Environment
Contacts
NameEnhancing Scientific and Technical Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Small Island Developing States
DescriptionThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), working through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is undertaking a two-year program to support climate change adaptation in the Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by conducting a series of activities to enhance scientific and technical capacity. These activities are designed to strengthen end-to-end climate services and adaptation capabilities through the expansion of ongoing work of the U.S.-focused NOAA Pacific Climate Information System (PaCIS) into the broader Pacific.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesNOAA, PaCIS, USAID
ContactsJohn Marra, john.marra@noaa.gov
NameEnvironmental Change and Coral Symbiosis
Description1) Genetic diversity of Symbiodinium communities across a gradient of thermal stress anomalies on Oahu and NWHI. 2) Metabolomics response of coral-symbiodinium associations under different environmental conditions.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUH/Hilo, NOAA
ContactsRuth Gates, rgates@hawaii.edu
NameField Monitoring and Analysis of Climate Change Across a Wide Range of Ecosystems in Hawaii
DescriptionThe goal of this project is to ensure continued operation and maintenance of the HaleNet climate observation network, including field operations, equipment maintenance and replacement, sensor recalibration, data communication improvements, data screening and archival, data analysis, and dissemination of results. HaleNet consists of two transects of climate stations along the leeward and windward slopes of Haleakala volcano, Maui Island, Hawaii. All but two stations in the network are within Haleakala National Park.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUniversity of Hawaii, NPS
ContactsTom Giambelluca, thomas@hawaii.edu
NameFINPAC - Reduced Vulnerability of the Pacific Island Country Villagers' Livelihoods to the Effects of Climate Change
DescriptionThe FINPAC project is a regional project that aims to facilitate improved capacity of the Pacific Island Country National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to deliver weather, climate and early warning services in cooperation with and for the benefit of villagers in Pacific communities.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesSPREP, Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)
ContactsNeville Koop, Meteorology and Climate Adviser SPREP, nevillek@sprep.org Jaakko Nuottokari, Head of International Projects FMI, jaakko.nuottokari@fmi.fi
NameFuture Distribution of Cloud Forests and Associated Species in Hawaii
DescriptionThis project will predict future distributions of cloud forests and species across high mountain ecosystems in Hawaii. Hawaii’s cloud forests represent the last remaining intact habitat for many endangered forest bird species and are critical to watershed function on all islands. This project will provide future distribution models by integrating products from a climate-vegetation network on Haleakala with new regional downscaling of future climate projections.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesU of Wisconsin, U of Hawaii, U of Colorado
ContactsSara Hotchkiss, sara@geology.wisc.edu
NameFuture Wind and Wave Projections for NPS and USFWS Managed Islands in the Pacific
DescriptionThe goal of this proposed effort is to use GCM and coupled numerical wave model output to provide 3-hourly data and statistical measures (mean and top 5% values) of wave height, wave period, wave direction, wind speed, and wind direction for 15 DOI-managed coastal assets (parks and refuges) in the Pacific Ocean for the recent past (1996-2005) and future projections (2026-2045 and 2085-2100). These data are needed as baseline physical information for these DOI-managed assets, as winds and waves are the dominant spatially- and temporally-varying processes that influence coastal morphology and ecosystem structure, and can impact coastal infrastructure, natural and cultural resources, and coastal-related economic activities (e.g., fishing and tourism).(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
  • Pacific Basin
Lead AgenciesU.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
ContactsCurt D. Storlazzi, cstorlazzi@usgs.gov Li H. Erikson, lerikson@usgs.gov
NameGene Expression Analyses of Temperature Adaptation and Stress in Native Animals
DescriptionIdentifying techniques for rapid assessment of stress due to temperature or other factors before population decline.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUniversity of Hawaii/Hilo, USGS/BRD
ContactsDonald Price, donaldp@hawaii.edu
NameGenetic Diversity of Corals and Resilience
DescriptionCorals in patch reefs at Pearl & Hermes Atoll, French Frigate Shoals, and Kaneohe Bay genotyped with environmental sensors in situ (Temp, Ph, Salinity).(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUH/HIMB, NOAA
ContactsSteve Karl, skarl@hawaii.edu
NameGlobal Climate Change Alliance
DescriptionThe Global Climate Change Alliance seeks to deepen the policy dialogue between the European Union and developing countries on climate change and to increase support to target countries to implement priority adaptation and mitigation measures, and integration climate change into their development strategies. The program’s five priority areas for funding are: improving the knowledge base of developing countries to the effects of climate change; promoting disaster risk reduction; mainstreaming climate change into poverty reduction development strategies; reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation; and enhancing participation in the Clean Development Mechanism.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
  • Global
Lead AgenciesNational governments
Contacts
NameGroundwater Tracers to Evaluate Connection Between Inland and Coastal Groundwater Systems, Kona Area, Island of Hawaii
DescriptionSince 1970, west Hawaii has experienced a population increase of about 83 percent and the fastest economic growth on Hawaii Island, although the effects of development on groundwater resources remain uncertain. At issue among stakeholders is whether urban development over, or withdrawals of freshwater from, the high-level groundwater system will adversely affect the coastal groundwater system, which itself is developed for municipal, agricultural, and industrial uses and which sustains aquatic resources. The results from this study will help water managers and other stakeholders to better understand potential risks to coastal water resources associated with groundwater withdrawals from, and development over, the inland high-level groundwater system. This study is consistent with the USGS mission to provide a clearer knowledge of the status of water resources; specifically, the likely changes in land use, land cover, and water use on water quality and ecosystem health.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and Drought
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSGS/PIWSC
ContactsDelwin Oki, dsoki@usgs.gov
NameHawaii Ocean Resources Management Plan
DescriptionThe Hawaii Ocean Resources Management Plan (ORMP) sets forth guiding principles and recommendations for the State of Hawaii to achieve comprehensive and integrated ocean and coastal resources management. Section 205A-62, Hawaii Revised Statutes, charges the Office of Planning, Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program, with the review and periodic update of the ORMP, as well as coordination of overall implementation of the plan. The ORMP was recently updated in July of 2013, and continues a place-based approach to management of ocean resources in the islands, based on recognition of the ecological connections between the land and sea, the link between human activities and its impacts on the environment, and the need for improved collaboration and stewardship in natural resources governance.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesState of Hawaii Office of Planning/Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Program
Contactshttp://planning.hawaii.gov/czm/
NameHigh Resolution Climate Model for Hawaii
DescriptionThis project is developing a regional dynamical model with high resolution over islands at a scale that is ecologically relevant to management of natural and cultural resources. This will enable direct estimation of future climate at conservation sites, inform species distribution modeling, and species and site management planning. The model will be useful for high islands in Mariana Islands, Samoa, and Micronesia as well as Hawaii.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesIPRC, UH/SOEST, Pacific RISA
ContactsKevin Hamilton, kph@hawaii.edu
NameICAP Sea-Level Rise Policy Study
DescriptionThe goal of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy Sea-level Rise Policy Study project was to increase community resiliency to the climate impacts of sea-level rise. Building on the scientific research of Dr. Charles Fletcher, this project incorporated input from state decision-makers as it identified best practices and policy options for adaptation. The project was unique in its iterative methodology, specifically designed to engage decision-makers and incorporate their feedback at multiple points throughout the process of developing adaptation strategies and policy tools.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesCenter for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP), NOAA Pacific Services Center
ContactsICAP, icap@hawaii.edu Leslie Ricketts, lricketts@hawaii.edu Adam Stein, adam.stein@noaa.gov
NameImpact of Climate Change and Variability on Water Resources in the Outer Islands of Kiribati
DescriptionTogether with SPREP, USAID seeks to improve the ability of communities in the outer islands of Kiribati to address the impact of climate change and variability on water resources, including through increasing the capacity for rainwater harvesting and storage and enhancing existing ground wells (e.g., through better surfacing, water quality monitoring to shut down pumps at certain levels of contamination, etc.). Kiribati is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with few natural resources. A ground water lens exists on the atolls and is the main source of potable water for the majority of people on the outer islands. Climate change will affect rainfall and width of the land through erosion and accretion, which will in turn affect the availability of the fresh water lens. The government of Kiribati identified in its 2007 National Adaptation Programme of Action water, and specifically well improvement, as one of nine key areas for adaptation implementation. The program will respond to this urgent and immediate need. It will also provide training and technical assistance to the Health Ministry, which has recognized the importance of adaptation and its own lack of capacity on this issue, to integrate adaptation into national health planning and policies.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and Drought
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSAID, SPREP
Contacts
NameImpacts of Rising Mean Annual Temperature on Terrestrial Carbon Cycling in Model Forests
DescriptionCarbon storage in the terrestrial biosphere exceeds that in the atmosphere by a factor of four, and represents a dynamic balance among carbon input, allocation, and loss. This balance is being altered by climate change, with important implications for terrestrial carbon storage and, hence, atmospheric CO2 levels and global climate. However, the response of terrestrial carbon cycling to warming remains poorly quantified, especially in the tropics. This is particularly important because tropical forests account for a ~40% of global terrestrial carbon storage and ~35% of global terrestrial productivity and, as such, tropical forests play a very important role in regulating global climate. This study is examining how rising mean annual temperature will impact carbon input, allocation, loss, and storage in native Hawaiian wet forests along a 5.2°C mean annual temperature gradient. Results from the research along this model ecological gradient will enhance capacity to predict how terrestrial ecosystems, in particular tropical forests, will respond to warming over the next century.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Global
Lead AgenciesDepartment of Natural Resources and Environmental Management - University of Hawaii at Manoa, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry - USDA Forest Service
ContactsCreighton Litton, litton@hawaii.edu Christian Giardina, cgiardina@fs.fed.us
NameImplementation of the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience: Pacific Region
DescriptionThe Pacific Regional Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) aims to facilitate more effective integration of CCA and related DRR for Pacific island countries to become resilient to climate change and climate-related disasters. As approved by the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Subcommittee, the Pacific Regional SPCR has three components, which will complement and reinforce each other and will be delivered through existing regional organizations (CROP agencies) and mechanisms. These are: 1) Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction; 2) Identifying and Implementing Practical Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge and Experiences; and 3) Building and Supporting Pacific Developing Member Countries‘ Capacity to Respond to Climate Change Risks. ADB will administer Components 1 and 3, while WB will manage Component 2. 2-3 countries will be identified for pilot activities; pilot countries will exclude PNG, Samoa and Tonga, which have approved country PPCRs. The forthcoming project will be implemented for 3 years.(More…)
Status
  • planned
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesAsian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank (WB)
ContactsMaria Lourdes Drilon, Senior Natural Resources Economist, Pacific Department ADB, mldrilon@adb.org
NameImproving the Adaptive Capacity of Communities in the Solomon Islands to the Impacts of Climate Change and Climate Variability in the Health Sector
DescriptionImproving the adaptive capacity of communities in the Solomon Islands to the impacts of climate change and climate variability in the health sector.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead Agencies
Contacts
NameIncreasing Climate Resiliency of the Transport Sector in the Asia-Pacific
DescriptionIncreasing climate resiliency of the transport sector in the Asia-Pacific.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead Agencies
Contacts
NameIncreasing Resilience of Tuvalu Coastal Areas and Community Settlements to Climate Change
DescriptionTo increase the protection of livelihoods in coastal areas in all inhabited islands of Tuvalu from dynamic risks related to climate change and climate variability.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUNDP
Contacts
NameIncreasing Resilience to Climate Change and Natural Hazards in Vanuatu
DescriptionClimate resilience and disaster risk reduction strengthened in key sectors in Vanuatu by promoting a risk management approach to reduce vulnerabilities. The project includes implementation of climate resilience measures in targeted sectors.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesWorld Bank; Vanuatu Meteorological Agency
Contacts
NameIntegrated Management of Maui Water Resources under Future Climate Conditions
DescriptionThis project has three components: 1) Examine climate-sensitive decisions related to fresh water management in the Iao Watershed on Maui Island, and to support implementation of the Maui Water Budget with the Maui County Department of Water Supply. Specific questions being addressed include: a) What climate-sensitive decisions are stakeholders making about fresh water management? b) What climate information do/could they use to support their decision making? and c) What capabilities do they have to use climate information?; 2) Produce downscaled climate projections for the island of Maui using statistical and numerical modeling; 3) Use downscaled projections of local climatic conditions together with stochastic hydrologic models to assess the sustainability of ground water resources in the Iao Watershed.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and Drought
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesEast-West Center (EWC), International Pacific Research Center (IPRC), Water Resources Research Center (WRRC)
ContactsMelissa Finucane, EWC, finucanm@eastwestcenter.org Victoria Keener, EWC, keener@eastwestcenter.org Aly El-Kadi, UH WRRC, elkadi@hawaii.edu Kevin Hamilton, IPRC, kph@hawaii.edu
NameIntegrating Climate Change Risks into the Agriculture and Health Sectors in Samoa
DescriptionTo increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of coastal communities in Samoa to the adverse impacts of on agricultural production and public health.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUNDP, Samoa Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Health, National Health Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Contacts
NameIntegration of Climate Change Risk and Resilience into Forestry Management in Samoa
DescriptionThe objective of the project is to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of Samoa's forest areas and the communities dependent on them for livelihoods to the threat of climate change through targeted adaptation interventions in (i) lowland agro-forestry and (ii) upland native forest sub-sectors.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUNDP, Samoa Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Contacts
NameKiribati - Enhancing National Food Security in the Context of Global Climate Change
DescriptionThis Kiribati NAPA-2 program helps to ensure food security of small atoll island communities in a changing climate through: 1) Institutional capacity development to reduce the impacts of climate change-induced food shortages; and 2) Implementation of community based adaptation measures to increase human, natural and productive livelihood capital in affected communities.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUNDP Fiji MCO
ContactsAsenaca Ravuvu, asenaca.ravuvu@undp.org
NameKiribati Adaptation Program Phase II - Pilot Implementation
DescriptionThe program aims to develop and demonstrate the systematic diagnosis of climate-related problems and the design of cost-effective adaptation measures, while continuing to integrate climate risk awareness and responsiveness into economic and operational planning.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesWorld Bank
Contacts
NameKiribati Adaptation Program Phase III - Increasing Resilience to Climate Variability and Hazards
DescriptionThe project aims to improve the climate resilience of Kiribati’s government and communities by strengthening their capacity to manage climate change effects and improve the management and governance of water resources and infrastructure.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesWorld Bank
Contacts
NameKiribati Coastal Zone Management and Resilience Enhancement for Adaptation
DescriptionThis project aims to improve public awareness of the coastal processes and climate change impacts in Kiribati. To develop and pilot community-based coastal management regime by establishing community groups (essentially villages). To encourage communities to participate in coastal-ecosystem enhancement projects and to develop their own small scale projects with similar purposes. To streamline regulatory controls and conditions so as to ensure the resilience of the coastal areas and to ensure the sustainable use of coastal resources is enhanced.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesMELAD, MPWU, MFMRD
Contacts
NameKiribati Water Resource Adaptation Project
DescriptionTo maintain and conserve available good ground water lenses; to gain users confidence in the reliability of the distribution system and promote their willingness to pay, based on consumed quantity; to increase water storage and water resources to meet current demands and at times of serious droughts; to manage risks to water resources throughout the atolls; and to assess impacts of urban water supplies on other natural resources, systems and subsistence activities. This will be achieved through risk assessments and the design and implementation of responses, including sustainable community-based monitoring system.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesMPWU
Contacts
NameLand Management Unit/Crop Production and Extension
DescriptionObjective is to mainstream climate change and climate variability into SPC/LRD programs on livestock, forestry, pests and diseases, etc.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesSPC Land Resources Division
ContactsDean Solofa, deans@spc.int
NameLearning from Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Understand Climate Change Impacts and Preserve Key Cultural and Natural Resources in Kaupulehu, Hawaii
DescriptionUsing biocultural and participatory approaches, we will carry out an in-depth study of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in Kaupulehu, Hawaii Island. We will identify: TEK-relevant to climate and environmental change; the biological and cultural resources most valued by community members; and coping mechanisms, adaptation strategies and resources that promote social-ecological resiliency.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUH Manoa
ContactsTamara Ticktin, ticktin@hawaii.edu
NameLong Range Transport Planning by Hawaii DOT and OahuMPO to Address Long Term Asset Management of Coastal Infrastructure Vulnerabilities
DescriptionLong range transport planning (23 USC 134 & 135) by Hawaii DOT and OahuMPO to address long term asset management of coastal infrastructure vulnerabilities.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesHawaii DOT, OahuMPO
ContactsKen Tatsuguchi, Ken.Tatsuguchi@hawaii.gov Dean Nakagawa, Dean.Nakagawa@hawaii.gov Brian Gibson, Brian.Gibson@oahumpo.org
NameLow-Flow Regionalization of Streams in Hawaii - Phase 1
DescriptionIn Hawaii, management of the surface-water resources for many streams is problematic because of a lack of information on the availability of water during low-flow conditions. Knowledge of low-flow characteristics is fundamental to establishing reasonable and defensible instream-flow standards. Furthermore, the use of stream water for agriculture and municipal purposes, protection of traditional and customary Hawaiian rights, maintenance of ecologic balance, aesthetic differences between dry and flowing streams, and recreational use of the streams are factors that play a role in planning and management decisions by many agencies.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSGS/Pacific Islands Water Science Center
ContactsChui Ling Cheng, ccheng@usgs.gov
NameMainstreaming Gender Aspects in Climate Change Adaptation and Low-Carbon Development
DescriptionThis project contributes to mainstreaming gender into climate change adaptation and low-carbon development measures in climate policy.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesGenerCC–Women for Climate Justice, Centre for Global Change, SPC
Contacts
NameManagement of Critically Endangered Dry Forest Ecosystems: A Quantitative Modeling Approach Incorporating Landscape Ecology, Fire Fuels Information and Geospatial Products
DescriptionWe will model plot-based information on fuel loading, restoration treatments, and plant communities to the landscape level. This will allow us to develop scenario modeling based on land management goals (i.e., restoration of threatened and endangered habitat, fire prevention, and/or combinations of any or all of the above) and threats (invasive species, climate change, land-use change). Allows us to estimate potential fire behavior under a variety of restoration and/or climate change scenarios.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSFS, UH Manoa, DoD, CEMML, Carnegie Institution
ContactsSusan Cordell, scordell01@fs.fed.us
NameMangrove Ecosystems for Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihoods
DescriptionThe project aims to assist the five countries to effectively manage their mangrove and related coastal ecosystems to build resilience to the effects of climate change. It seeks to achieve a more coordinated and holistic approach to managing mangroves in the region, which is a new approach to be implemented in the Pacific region. The project is multi-disciplined and involves multiple stakeholders, together delivering on national mangrove conservation priorities. It is also the first step of the broader Pacific Mangroves Initiative, jointly led by IUCN and SPREP.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesICUN Oceania Regional Office, SPREP
ContactsBernard O'Callaghan, Regional Program Coordinator - Oceania, bernard.ocallaghan@iucn.org
NameMangrove Rehabilitation for Sustainably-Managed Healthy Forests
DescriptionMARSH is a 5-year project that forms part of the USAID strategy for development in the Pacific region, to support Pacific Island nations as they address the negative impacts of climate change. Through MARSH, USAID will support the development of a mangrove rehabilitation project in Papua New Guinea. The envisioned project will support USAID’s strategy for the Pacific by decreasing deforestation and forest degradation and increasing the resilience of communities to the negative effects of climate change. USAID anticipates that the best practices developed during years one through three will be expanded to the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu from year four.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesICUN Oceania Regional Office, USAID
ContactsBernard O'Callaghan, Regional Program Coordinator - Oceania, bernard.ocallaghan@iucn.org
NameMarine Ecosystem Response to Environmental Changes
DescriptionLong-term monitoring of physical and chemical water characteristics and benthic and pelagic community structure at two established marine plots in west Hawaii island.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUH Hilo
ContactsSteven Colbert, colberts@hawaii.edu
NameMicronesian Adapting to a Changing Climate Outreach Toolkit
DescriptionIn 2010, the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) supported the development of community based climate change adaptation tools for the jurisdictions involved in the Micronesia Challenge (Palau, FSM, RMI, Guam, and CNMI). MCT hired consultants who have worked extensively with MCT in the past on community based natural resource management issues to help carry out the development of these tools. Based on input from this workshop, particularly regional stakeholders, the proposed outputs of this project were revised to reflect their needs to effectively carry out community-based adaptation. As such, the following products were developed to support community based climate change adaptation in Micronesia: 1) Adapting to a Changing Climate Outreach Toolkit – designed to provide community members and stakeholders with an understanding of climate change concepts and promote adaptation planning and strategies among community leaders and members; 2) Revised PIMPAC management planning guidance – to incorporate climate change adaptation into the existing process they use to guide communities through natural resource management planning.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Western North Pacific
Lead AgenciesMicronesia Conservation Trust
ContactsLiz Terk, Conservation Program Manager, Conservation@ourmicronesia.org
NameModeling Climate-driven Changes to Dominant Vegetation in the Hawaiian Islands
DescriptionThis study will use quantitative vegetation plot data to model dominant vegetation composition. Rather than model probability of occurrence, we aim to generate species-specific models of abundance based on independent variables (rainfall, elevation, substrate age, slope, etc.) using multivariate methods. Species abundance models can then be applied to adjusted climate landscapes in concert with ongoing climate model downscaling efforts. Additional data on growth, reproductive, and dispersal rates of focal species will inform the rates of different species transitions. This will permit us to predict changes to individual dominant species such that the combined models will elucidate potential dominant vegetation even for non-analog climates.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUH Hilo, USGS/PIERC
ContactsJonathan Price, jpprice@hawaii.edu James D Jacobi, jjacobi@usgs.gov
NameMonitoring Annual Summer Bleaching in Backreef Pools of Tutuila, American Samoa
DescriptionAnnual coral bleaching is monitored in two backreef pools on Tutuila, at the airport and the village of Alofau. Bleaching typically happens each Austral summer. Bleaching prevalence is estimated every few weeks based on a one hour swim over a standard route.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesTerritorial Coral Reef Monitoring Program, Dept. Marine & Wildlife Resources, American Samoa Government
ContactsDouglas Fenner, douglasfennertassi@gmail.com
NameMonitoring Marine Biodiversity in the Pacific Islands
DescriptionChanges in biodiversity and the impacts to marine calcifiers are biological responses to climatic trends in the Pacific. An established systematic and standardize tool currently used to monitor biodiversity in the Pacific is the Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structure (ARMS). ARMS were developed by the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center’s Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) as part of the Census of Marine Life’s Census of Coral Reefs project. ARMS are a long-term collecting device designed to mimic the structural complexity of a coral reef and attract colonizing invertebrates. Through taxonomic identification and mass sequencing technologies they provide a consistent and comparable method to measure and monitor the biodiversity of these understudied organisms over time. They enhance ecosystem-based management and increase the ability to monitor and predict ecological impacts in response to natural and anthropogenic stressors. In conjunction with measured climatic variables such as temperature and salinity, ARMS could help advance our understanding of the relationship between climate variables and biodiversity. Currently, over 500 ARMS units are placed strategically throughout the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans with the majority at sites in the Pacific. To help facilitate the data produced from each ARMS unit, an ARMSbase web-enabled biodiversity information system has been proposed. The ARMSbase would house all information related to the ARMS which would include all metadata related to deployment, retrieval, and processing as well as the raw taxonomic and molecular sequence information. This information can then be applied and related to physical climate variables collected across the Pacific to investigate the relationships between biodiversity and Pacific climate trends.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesNOAA/PIFSC/CRED, JIMAR
ContactsAnnette DesRochers, Annette.DesRochers@noaa.gov Russell Brainard, Rusty.Brainard@noaa.gov
NameMonthly ENSO Discussions, Seasonal Rainfall Outlooks and Sea Level Discussion
DescriptionThe PEAC Center conducts a monthly conference call that discusses monthly sea level, the ENSO state, the PEAC rainfall outlook, and island reports from around the South Pacific.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
Lead AgenciesNational Weather Service, PEAC Center
ContactsLTJG Charlene Felkley, peac@noaa.gov
NameOcean Acidification and Impacts on Living Marine Resources within the Rose Atoll, Marianas Trench and Pacific Remote Island Areas National Marine Monuments
DescriptionThis is a NOAA Hollings scholar project hosted by the NMFS Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center in the June-July 2011 time frame. It is basically an undergraduate project on ocean acidification and impacts on living marine resources within the Rose Atoll, Marianas Trench and the Pacific Remote Island Areas National Marine Monuments. Impacts include: environmental degredation; change in species dynamics; effects of environmental degradation and changes in species dynamics; and effects on humans.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesNOAA/NMFS/Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center
ContactsEric Breuer, eric.breuer@noaa.gov
NameOpihi Partnership
DescriptionCommunity-based effort to monitor intertidal communities through time and better manage cultural and natural resources.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesTNC, CI, State of Hawaii, NPS, NOAA, local communities
ContactsRob Toonen, toonen@hawaii.edu
NameOptions for Implementing the Hawaii State Planning Act Climate Change Adaptation Priority Guidelines - Draft Report
DescriptionThe purpose of this report is to present to the Ocean Resources Management Plan (ORMP) Integrated Planning Committee of the State of Hawaii Office of Planning (OP) and to Hawaii's four Counties, a preliminary discussion of potential options for implementing the Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Priority Guidelines. Based in part on interviews with key State and County government agency personnel conducted in 2012, this report seeks to identify and assess a suite of management tools. These tools may aid not only in implementing the CCA Priority Guidelines, but may also serve as an effective first generation sea level rise adaptation strategy for Hawaii. The options presented in this report are not exhaustive and are intended to facilitate dialogue that will contribute to sea level rise adaptation guidance. The options must undergo further prioritization, refinement, and adjustment to the land use management process of each County prior to implementation. In addition, issues such as cost, resource allocation, and administrative feasibility must be more thoroughly identified and addressed.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesNOAA Coastal Resilience Networks (CRest) Program, State of Hawaii Office of Planning, University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law
Contactshttp://planning.hawaii.gov/hawaii-state-planning-act/
NamePacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative
DescriptionThe Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), and the World Bank jointly launched the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI) in 2007 to increase the financial resilience of Pacific DMCs to natural disasters and to enable them to better cope with the aftermath of such events. The PCRAFI aims to: 1) develop a regional catastrophe risk insurance pool to enhance the capacity of Pacific DMCs to manage natural disasters; 2) provide immediate liquidity resources to restore essential services to countries affected by natural disasters; and 3) assist with recovery and reconstruction activities. The technical assistance aims to respond to this request by assisting Fiji, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu, to build their capacity in mainstreaming climate change and natural disaster risks into urban and infrastructure planning using available data and risk models.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesAsian Development Bank (ADB), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), World Bank (WB)
ContactsAllison Woodruff, Urban Development Specialist, Pacific Department ADB, awoodruff@adb.org
NamePacific Islands Adaptation to Climate Change
DescriptionThe Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) Programme is the first major climate change adaptation initiative in the Pacific region. Since it began in 2009 the Programme has been laying the groundwork for more resilient Pacific communities that are better able to cope with climate variability today and climate change tomorrow. The Programme approaches this from two directions: it is working to enhance adaptive capacity on the ground, and it is driving the mainstreaming of climate risks into national development planning and activities. Working in 14 Pacific island countries, the Programme is demonstrating best-practice adaptation in three key climate-sensitive areas: coastal zone management, food security and food production, and water resources management. Each country is hosting a pilot project in one of these theme areas to demonstrate how climate change adaptation can work on the ground. The PACC country projects showcase best practice adaptation within the 14 countries. Five projects are focusing on coastal zone management, four on food production and food security, and five on water resources management. The projects are community oriented and gender sensitive. They are using the latest tools and processes to ensure that they combine the best science available with the realities faced by communities. Early in the process the project teams carried out vulnerability and adaptation (V&A) assessments to ensure the project addressed the priority needs of the communities in view of the climate risks they face. The projects were also assessed economically using cost–benefit analysis. As the projects progress, the project teams are producing technical guidelines to guide future adaptation work in coastal zone management, food production and food security, and water resources management.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesSPREP
ContactsPACC Project Manager, Taito Nakalevu, taiton@sprep.org
NamePacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative
DescriptionThe research program of the PICCC is focused on providing original science products and syntheses that will assist managers of natural and cultural resources in adapting to climate change and related large-scale threats. The PICCC seeks to coordinate its research program with other entities funding and disseminating basic and applied science in the Pacific Islands. The PICCC awards research grants through annual solicitations, directly funds specialized projects, and creates products in-house. The research results are then disseminated to our Members and external partners via workshops and trainings, presentations, and publications. In this way the PICCC fosters a dialogue across our membership and with key stakeholders, thus supporting a community of learning that can adapt to new knowledge and practices.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesHCA, USFWS, USGS, NPS, NOAA, OIA
ContactsJeff Burgett, Science Manager, jeff.burgett@piccc.net Deanna Spooner, Coordinator, deanna.spooner@piccc.net
NamePacific Islands Climate Education Partnership
DescriptionFunded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Pacific Islands Climate Education Partnership (PCEP) has developed a detailed strategic plan to collaboratively improve climate knowledge among the region’s students and citizens in ways that exemplify modern science and indigenous environmental knowledge, address the urgency of climate change impacts, and honor indigenous cultures. Students and citizens within the region will have the knowledge and skills to advance understanding of climate change, and to adapt to its impacts. Core PCEP partners contribute expertise in climate science, the science of learning, the region’s education infrastructure, and the region’s cultures and indigenous knowledge and practices. PCEP’s interactive web-based environment interlinks the region’s locations, organizations and people with information about climate science and climate impacts. This system enables the region’s diverse stakeholders to access and contribute to the same information pool. This web-based environment both supports the development of PCEP resources such as the CEF and their continuing evolution and dissemination.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesPacific Resources for Education and Learning, WestEd, University of Hawaii, College of the Marshall Islands
ContactsSharon Nelson-Barber, nelsons@prel.org Art Sussman, asussma@wested.org Chip Fletcher, fletcher@soest.hawaii.edu Don Hess, cmihess@grmail.com
NamePacific Islands Climate Prediction Project
DescriptionThe project aimed to expand understanding of how seasonal climate prediction services can be applied to support climate-sensitive decision making and the use of climate predictions by National Meteorological Services and industries/agencies which use climate information (e.g., farmers, tourism, water resource managers and health authorities).(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesAustralia Bureau of Meteorology
Contacts
NamePacific Mangroves Initiative
DescriptionIn this project, data will be collected and analyzed to identify climate risks and assist participating countries to create policies for management and restorations of mangroves and associated ecosystems. Public awareness will also be part of the project.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesIUCN, University of the South Pacific, SPREP
Contacts
NamePacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments
DescriptionThe major goal of Pacific RISA is to integrate flexible processes for building adaptive capacity to climate variability and change in diverse island settings. Our region includes Hawaii and the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau).(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesEast-West Center (EWC)
ContactsVictoria Keener, EWC, Lead Investigator, KeenerV@EastWestCenter.org
NamePacific RISA Climate Adaptation Law and Policy Analysis
DescriptionIn 2010, the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP) joined the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (Pacific RISA) team and launched a project to assist governments in preparing and adopting cost-effective, efficient, and equitable adaptation measures. Pacific RISA integrates regional physical and social science to provide information and support for climate change adaptation initiatives in the Pacific Islands. ICAP Senior Attorney, Richard Wallsgrove, working with other members of the ICAP team prepared an in-depth analysis of Hawaii’s law and policy framework for water resource management. That analysis identified twelve key tools and strategies for implementing adaptive water resource management in Hawaii. To minimize barriers to implementation, the proposed tools were designed to be consistent with the existing law and policy framework, and where possible, utilize existing models that have been tested in Hawaii or elsewhere. Research activities included detailed analyses of the strengths and weaknesses of available land-use and water resource planning mechanisms in Hawaii, the identification of adaptive water management strategies implemented in other jurisdictions and their applicability to Hawaii’s island setting, and the use of regulatory procedures or market-based mechanisms to enhance adaptive capacity. ICAP shared drafts of its analysis with local water experts and resource managers, and then incorporated their feedback into ICAP’s work product. As of March 2012, ICAP’s analysis is available in two forms: a full-length white paper and a condensed summary. Using those documents as a launching point, ICAP is proceeding with the next research phase of the project, which is to further engage water decision-makers, stakeholders, and legislators on the various Hawaiian Islands. The goals of that outreach are three-fold: (1) to identify priorities and barriers for implementing the recommended adaptive tools, in specific regard to each island setting; (2) to identify the most efficient and advantageous support that Pacific RISA can lend to the next steps of implementation; and (3) to educate regarding ICAP’s existing findings and recommendations. ICAP held outreach workshops on the island of Oahu in April and May 2012. After acquiring feedback from those events, ICAP held a subsequent workshop on Maui in July 2012. ICAP also intends to continue to identify platforms to broadcast its findings. For example, this includes a press release regarding the publication of ICAP’s report on adaptive resource management (April 2012), the publication of a modified version of its findings in an appropriate climate science/policy journal, and potential public information announcements on local radio. (More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and Drought
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesCenter for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP)
ContactsRichard Wallsgrove, richard.wallsgrove@gmail.com Zena Grecni, zgrecni@hawaii.edu Melissa Finucane, FinucanM@EastWestCenter.org
NamePacific Storms Climatology Products
DescriptionPacific Storms is focused on improving our understanding of patterns and trends of storm frequency and intensity - storminess - within the Pacific region. It is exploring how the climate-related processes that govern extreme storm events are expressed within and between three thematic areas: heavy rains, strong winds, and high seas. It is developing a suite of extremes climatology-related data and information products that can be used by emergency managers, mitigation planners, government agencies and decision-makers in key sectors including water and natural resource management, agriculture and fisheries, transportation and communication, and recreation and tourism. In-situ station products include the delineation of rates of sea level rise and high water return periods, as well as changes in the frequency of both short-lived intense rainfall events and extended periods of heavy rains and the linkages of these patterns and trends to climate indices. Observational data used to support product development are taken from standard holdings. In addition to the basic product set, special attention is being given to climate indices-related products that describe the relationship between extremes and climate, primarily through the correlation of extremes indicators and climate indices known to have relevance to the Pacific region (e.g., the Multivariate ENSO Index (MEI); the Pacific Decadal Oscillation Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO); the North Pacific Index (NPI); etc.) as well as the formulation of new integrated and/or regional indices.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
  • Pacific Basin
Lead AgenciesNOAA/NCDC/Regional Climate Services
ContactsJohn Marra, john.marra@noaa.gov
NamePapua New Guinea Disaster Risk Management and Climate Adaptation Program
DescriptionThis project will concentrate on disaster risk management in the agriculture and transport sectors.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead Agencies
Contacts
NamePilot Program for Climate Resilience
DescriptionPPCR aims to pilot and demonstrate ways in which climate risk and resilience may be integrated into core development planning and implementation in a way that is consistent with poverty reduction and sustainable development goals. In this way, the PPCR provides incentives for scaled-up action and initiates transformational change. The pilot programs and projects implemented under the PPCR are country-led, build on NAPAs and other relevant country studies and strategies. Pacific participation includes Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga. In Tonga: Investment plan in development.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
  • Global
Lead AgenciesWorld Bank
Contacts
NamePiloting Climate Change Adaptation to Protect Human Health
DescriptionThe Piloting Climate Change Adaptation to Protect Human Health project is underway in Fiji (one of seven countries participating in this global pilot project). This project has been designed to increase the Ministry of Health’s capacity to monitor, assess and respond to hydro-meteorological disasters and climate sensitive diseases and thus reduce health risks associated with climate change and variability. In order to be able to achieve this goal, several specific needs have been identified: mainstreaming and planning; evaluation; assessments; and response.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesWHO/Division of Pacific Technical Support/South Pacific Office
ContactsJyotishma Naicker, Project Coordinator, naickerj@wpro.who.int
NamePIMPAC Climate Change Adaptation Tool Kit Training
DescriptionPIMPAC aims to address CC challenges by facilitating Pacific island communities and managers who support them through a process that assesses their most pressing needs, provides a suite of tools to address those needs, and prioritizes actions that can be taken at the community level. Currently, trainings are being conducted in each Micronesian jurisdiction on how to deliver these materials and how to use the revised PIMPAC management planning and adaptation guidebook to carry out a management and adaptation planning process including a vulnerability assessment. The first training took place in the Republic of the Marshall Islands from August 22-26 2011. Similar trainings were also conducted in Republic of Palau and all the Federated Stated of Micronesia. Follow up work is being planned by Core Teams in each location.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Western North Pacific
Lead AgenciesPIMPAC, Micronesia Conservation Trust
ContactsMike Lameier, Michael.lameier@noaa.gov
NamePredicting Impacts of Sea Level Rise for Cultural and Natural Resources in Five Hawaii Parks
DescriptionFine scale digital elevation models and models of sea level rise; GIS products for various sea level rise scenarios for 2100 along the Ala Kahakai NHT corridor in relation to important, mapped features (plant communities, anchialine pools, cultural sites, wetlands, fishponds); GIS products that highlight important nearshore habitats such as anchialine pools and fishponds, and show the likely location of these habitats in 2100 based on sea level rise and surrounding physical and biological parameters.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUC Berkeley, NPS
ContactsLisa Marrack, lmarrack@berkeley.edu
NamePredicting Risks of Island Extinctions Due to SLR: Model-based Tools to Mitigate Terrestrial Habitat Losses in the NW Hawaiian Islands
DescriptionCollection of topographic data for selected islands and development of DEM models. Map current and future habitat for seabirds based on static (bathtub) SLR on most islands and dynamic (inundation) SLR on Laysan and Midway.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSGS-PIERC
ContactsMichelle Reynolds, MReynolds@usgs.gov
NamePredicting the Impact of Storm Waves and Sea-Level Rise within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
DescriptionThe goal of this study is to provide maps of wave impact and storm-induced inundation levels for islands of high conservation value. Vulnerability will be assessed for Midway Atoll and Laysan Island using historical data and new high resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) for a variety of sea-level rise scenarios. Research to date forecasts sea-level rise with only passive flooding scenarios, and until now, was limited by a lack of topography data for Hawaii’s remote atolls. Predicting impacts of flooding and storm-induced waves is needed to develop climate-change adaptation plans for the biological communities and resident endangered species. This information is also needed for managers to understand risks and determine emergency responses for the range of parameters where natural, historical, and cultural resources and remotely stationed personnel may be threatened from sea-level rise and storm-induced waves.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesU.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
ContactsCurt D. Storlazzi, cstorlazzi@usgs.gov
NamePreparedness for Climate Change
DescriptionThe aim of this program was for the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies in countries particularly vulnerable to climate change to gain a better understanding of climate change and its impacts to identify country-specific adaptation measures in line with risks. The project was Global including 39 countries. The Pacific participants in Phase 1 were the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Tonga.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
  • Global
Lead AgenciesNational Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies
Contacts
NameProjecting Ecosystem Impacts from Climate Change in the North Pacific with the GFDL Climate Model
DescriptionGFDL model output covering physics, chemistry, and lower trophic level biology.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesNOAA/PIFSC
ContactsJeff Polovina, Jeffrey.Polovina@noaa.gov
NamePromotion of Healthy Ecosystems in the Solomon Islands
DescriptionTogether with SPREP, USAID seeks to promote healthy ecosystems in the Solomon Islands. Healthy ecosystems, such as mangroves, coral reefs, and wetlands, can form natural barriers against extreme weather events, such as storm surges, and reduce vulnerability to rising sea levels and changing rainfall patterns. As natural buffers, ecosystems can be less expensive to maintain than man-made infrastructure, such as dykes, levees, and concrete walls. Healthy ecosystems can also provide important livelihood benefits to local populations, including firewood, clean water, and food. The program will contribute to a broader effort in the region to implement ecosystem-based adaptation.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSAID, SPREP
Contacts
NameReducing Climate Risks to Food Security in Niue through Integrated Community-based Adaptation Measures and Related Institutional Strengthening
DescriptionThe project will strengthen ability of communities and government officers in Niue to make informed decisions and manage likely climate change driven pressures in food-security related sectors, such as agriculture, fisheries and forestry, in an integrated way. Reviewed at the Adaptation Fund Board in November 2010 but not endorsed.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesProposed Implementing Agency: USAID
Contacts
NameRegional Partnerships for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Preparedness
DescriptionThis work is linked to the World Bank’s work on the development of a Caribbean Catastrophe Insurance Facility for the Pacific. In the first phase of the project, data will be gathered for catastrophe risk models in each country, and country-specific loss risk profiles will be created in order to assess the feasibility of catastrophic risk financing and insurance options.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesWorld Bank
Contacts
NameResponses of Hawaiian Albatrosses to Environmental Change
DescriptionClimate variability will likely have important effects on the future of marine ecosystems and may present a significant challenge for marine top predators. This project will investigate how current patterns of natural climate variability (e.g., El Niño Southern Oscillation events) impact Laysan and black-footed albatrosses that breed in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and then model possible responses of the birds to long-term climate driven changes in oceanographic conditions.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUC Santa Cruz, NOAA/SWFSC, NOAA/PFEL
ContactsScott Shaffer, Scott.Shaffer@sjsu.edu
NameSamoa National Adaptation Programme of Action
DescriptionNational Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) provide a process for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change - those for which further delay would increase vulnerability and/or costs at a later stage.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUNDP, Samoa Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Meteorology, Ministry of Water, Transportation and Infrastructure, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Fire Services, Samoa Water Authority, Samoa Tourism
Contacts
NameSamoa-Australia Partnership for Development: Climate Change
DescriptionAustralia is supporting the Government of Samoa to implement activities under Samoa’s NAPA, primarily in the water, forest and tourism sectors. This includes a national tourism adaptation strategy setting out adaptation standards for tourism services (e.g., to manage surface floods in the capital Apia) and a national strategy for forest fire prevention.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesGovernment of Samoa
Contacts
NameSamoans Turn to Traditional Housing as Sanctuary from Climate Risks
DescriptionTo recover indigenous cultural knowledge held by Samoan elders about housing and climate, and to apply this to the design and construction practices of Samoan indigenous housing in order to inform the development of safer, accessible, resilient, and sustainable housing. To put indigenous knowledge into practice through the construction of three model Samoan houses (Fale) in three coastal sites. To reinvigorate village-based teaching and practice of growing materials, crafting, and constructing indigenous Samoan housing. To engage three village communities in a public education program about climate risk and developing risk management plans for the hazards that they will face.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesAfeafe o Vaetoefaga Pacific Academy of Cultural Restoration, Research and Development
Contacts
NameScenario Planning for Climate Change in Hawaii National Parks
DescriptionThe NPS Climate Change Response Program will sponsor a Scenario Planning training workshop for NPS staff and stakeholders in Hawaii in CY 2012. This cooperative project will support and compliment the NPS training by providing SP expertise and experience, particularly with respect to relevant cultural and community concerns. One of the primary goals is to provide an example of SP that addresses cultural and natural resources, and also draws in a diverse compliment of park stakeholders to focus on climate change. A longer-term goal to begin building a network of parties that will continue to interact with each other, permitting larger-scale, more comprehensive approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesNPS, UH/SSRI
ContactsCheryl Anderson, canderso@hawaii.edu
NameSea Level Rise and Changes in Storminess on U.S. High-Island Fringing Reefs
DescriptionWe are actively conducting USGS-funded research on sea-level rise and changes in storminess on US high-island fringing reefs in the US and US-territories, primarily in US National Parks. Tasks include in situ data acquisition and development of coupled wave-current-sediment transport numerical models to investigate potential future climate change impacts on coral reef ecosystems. We have proposals into the USGS, USFWS, and DOD investigating sea-level rise and changes in storminess on US atolls in the US and US-territories. Proposed tasks include in situ data acquisition and development of coupled wave-current-sediment transport numerical models and hydrologic models to investigate potential future climate change impacts on natural resources, freshwater availability, and infrastructure.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSGS
ContactsCurt Storlazzi, cstorlazzi@usgs.gov
NameSea Level Rise Impacts to Coastal Wetlands and Other Habitats
DescriptionThis project models the projected sea-level rise at coastal sites on Oahu and Maui, developing methods that can be applied to other Pacific islands. Stakeholder workshops will be used to assess needs and identify final products, including map visualizations. These results will help inform management responses for vulnerable coastal wetlands and beach areas that host endangered species and cultural sites.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUH/SOEST, NOAA/CRCP, State of Hawaii
ContactsChip Fletcher, fletcher@soest.hawaii.edu
NameSeasonal Water Level and Storminess Outlook for the Pacific Islands
DescriptionThe Seasonal Water Level and Storminess Outlook proof-of-concept (POC) product for the Pacific Islands is specifically tailored for coastal flooding/erosion risk warning. The POC product aims to project the potential for elevated water levels at the shoreline due to: 1) regional changes in mean sea level associated with ENSO and other modes of natural variability; 2) tropical and extra-tropical storms; and 3) unusually high tides. The POC product responds to a need from community planners, resource managers, and other decision-makers for information about the potential for coastal flooding and erosion to threaten coastal structures and property, groundwater reservoirs, harbor operations, waste water systems, sandy beaches, coral reef ecosystems, and other social and economic concerns. Currently, information of this type is limited in scope and not well integrated.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesNOAA NESDIS/NCDC, NOS/CO-OPS and NWS/PEAC, Australian BOM and CSIRO, New Zealand NIWA and MetService, SPC/SOPAC
ContactsJohn Marra, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC Regional Climate Services Director - Pacific Region, john.marra@noaa.gov
NameSeeds for Needs
DescriptionProject to pre-select crops and varieties that will likely perform well under future conditions. Pacific participation includes Papua New Guinea.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesBiodiversity International
Contacts
NameSevere Weather Forecasting and Disaster Risk Reduction Demonstration Project
DescriptionAs Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and Ensemble Prediction Systems (EPS) improve, many NMHSs, especially those of developing countries, seek similar benefits to meteorological services. In particular, for the provision of advisories and warnings of severe weather events with increased lead-times, already being realized by other (mainly developed) countries. The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) was set up under the WMO Commission of Basic Systems (CBS) to facilitate improved access to, training in the interpretation of, and use of existing NWP/EPS products by forecasters in developing countries. The SWFDDP in the Southwest Pacific contributes directly to day-to-day public weather forecasting and the forecasting of severe and high-impact weather phenomena, over a five day period.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesRMSC Wellington (MetService NZ Ltd)
ContactsSteve Ready, steve.ready@metservice.com Pene Lefale, pene.lefale@metservice.com James Lunny, james.lunny@metservice.com
NameSimple Well Improvement in Kiribati
DescriptionThis project aims to reduce the burden of diarrhea and other water related diseases and problems particularly among very young and old people in Kiribati. This will be achieved by improving over the period of three years, 500 ground water wells that are used by the communities for their drinking and cooking.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesMHMS
Contacts
NameSolomon Islands National Adaptation Programme of Action
DescriptionNational Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) provide a process for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change - those for which further delay would increase vulnerability and/or costs at a later stage.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUNDP, Solomon Islands Meteorological Service, Department of Communication, Aviation and Meteorology, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Aviation
Contacts
NameSPC Climate Change Support Activities in Pacific Island Countries and Territories
DescriptionThe purpose of this document is to provide a summary overview of SPC climate change and disaster risk management (DRM) support to member Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs). It is divided into two sections. The first section includes those activities that provide benefits to all PICTs and lists activities that have been implemented since 2011, or are currently in the process of being implemented. It also lists activities that SPC plans to commence during 2013. The regional matrix of activities will be updated annually. Activities have been categorised by sector or theme, although in some cases activities cover multiple sectors. The second section contains a national matrix summarising activities that are being implemented in individual countries and territories. The national matrix uses the same timeframe and sector classifications as the regional matrix of activities. The national matrix will also be updated regularly to ensure that countries have a clear indication of what climate change and DRM services are being provided. For both the regional and national activity summaries the key SPC contact person is listed, as are the development partners that are supporting that activity and the approximate timeframe over which the support is being provided.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
  • Ongoing
  • planned
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesSPC
Contactsspc@spc.int
NameStrengthening Environmental, Climate Change Information and Monitoring in Kiribati
DescriptionThis project aims to strengthen the capability of the government to be able to keep abreast of, understand and interpret international scientific information relevant to Kiribati. To establish a central office to access and share information on climate change issues from reliable regional and international sources. To develop endogenous scientific capability for analyzing and reviewing information, and undertaking research related to climate change. To enhance Kiribati capacity to implement its obligations under climate change international agreements.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesMELAD
Contacts
NameStrengthening Food Security Among Farming Communities in the Pacific Small Island Developing States
DescriptionTogether with SPC, USAID will strengthen food security among farming communities in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu. The program will build scientific and technical capacity to apply Geographic Information System (GIS) land-use, forestry and soil mapping techniques in order to make decisions specifically to improve the climate resilience of terrestrial food production systems. It will also implement innovative techniques and management approaches to increase the climate change resilience of terrestrial food production systems. The six countries, which range from large volcanic island countries to medium scale and atoll countries, were selected because they represent a good cross section of the different agricultural production systems across the Pacific and because of the availability of bio-climatic data and the type of institutional structures that exist in each country.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSAID, SPC
Contacts
NameStrengthening the Capacity of Pacific Developing Member Countries to Respond to Climate Change (Phase 1)
DescriptionIncorporation of climate risk management, adaptation practices, and greenhouse gas mitigation measures into infrastructure and key sector investment plans and project designs.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesADB
Contacts
NameSurveying Reefs for Resilience
DescriptionUsing various data collection tools, examining the impacts of various factors affecting the resistance and resilience of coral reefs to mass bleaching.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesDepartment of Marine and Wildlife Resources
ContactsDoug Fenner, douglasfennertassi@gmail.com
NameSynergistic Impacts of Global Warming and Ocean Acidification on Coral Reefs
DescriptionThis project develops equations describing changes in coral growth rates in response to increased temperature and ocean acidification. These data are necessary for developing and refining models evaluating the future impact of climate change on Pacific coral reef communities. Results will help define appropriate management responses and prioritize interventions at the most vulnerable sites.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
  • Pacific Basin
Lead AgenciesUH/HIMB
ContactsPaul Jokiel, jokiel@hawaii.edu
NameTechnical Support Project for Pacific Islands GUAN
DescriptionThe GCOS (Global Climate Observing System) Upper-Air Network (GUAN) consists of stations selected from the Global Observing System of the World Weather Watch. TSP is a joint partnership between MetService and U.S. GCOS established in 2004. The goal of the program is to provide a technical support and program management solution to ensure that upper air programs that are part of the GUAN and operated in the Pacific Island States are effective.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and Drought
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
  • Pacific Basin
Lead AgenciesMetService, U.S. GCOS
ContactsPene Lefale, pene.lefale@metservice.com
NameTerritorial Climate Change Adaptation Framework
DescriptionPrioritized adaptation projects decided upon by committees containing members of government agencies throughout the Territory. The projects are prioritized in seven different sectors, including: 1) Coral Reefs and Mangroves; 2) Human Health; 3) Forestry, Water and Agriculture; 4) Education and Outreach; 5) Coastal Hazards; 6) Development; and 7) Energy.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesCoral Reef Advisory Group
ContactsWhitney Peterson, whitney.peterson@doc.as
NameThe Impact of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on Department of Defense Installations on Atolls in the Pacific Ocean
DescriptionThe goal of this effort is to (1) provide basic understanding and specific information on storm wave-induced inundation on Department of Defense installations on atolls in the Pacific Ocean, and (2) assess the resulting impact of sea-level rise and storm-wave inundation on infrastructure and freshwater availability under a variety of sea-level rise and climatic scenarios, based on historic information, sea-level rise predictions, and global climate model wind, wave, and precipitation output.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Western North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSGS/Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
ContactsCurt Storlazzi, Research Oceanographer, cstorlazzi@usgs.gov
NameThe Role of Submarine Groundwater Discharge in Coastal Ocean Acidification
DescriptionCarbonate saturation state of groundwater and a groundwater-fed freshwater plume will be examined in West Hawaii.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUH Hilo, NPS
ContactsSteven Colbert, colberts@hawaii.edu Tracy Wiegner, wiegner@hawaii.edu
NameTonga Third National Communication to UNFCCC
DescriptionThis is an enabling activity to support Tonga to prepare and submit its third national communication, building on and strengthening the activities that have been carried out in preparing its second national communication. Main outputs: 1) National inventory of GHG emissions and removals; 2) Programmes containing measures to facilitate adequate adaptation to, and mitigation of climate change; and 3) Any other information considered relevant for the achievement of the objectives of the UNFCCC.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUNDP Fiji MCO
ContactsAsenaca Ravuvu, asenaca.ravuvu@undp.org
NameTonga’s Strategic Program for Climate Resilience
DescriptionThe purpose of this project is to implement the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) prepared by the Kingdom of Tonga within the design of the Climate Investment Fund. The SPCR aims to pilot and demonstrate ways to mainstream climate resilience in development planning and management. The Project will build upon the country’s transformational change program that began with the development of the JNAP and will mainstream climate resilience into development planning and address country priorities focusing on the most vulnerable sectors and communities. It will provide the strategic human, technical, and financial inputs needed to implement JNAP activities. The Project will: 1) build capacity in climate change adaptation and disaster risk management at community, sector and national levels; 2) provide information, tools, and legislative frameworks needed to introduce climate change considerations into government and sector planning and budgeting processes; and 3) provide access to resources (technical, human, financial) to address the climate change risk priorities of the Government, as well as those of vulnerable communities through a combination of soft and hard measures.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesAsian Development Bank (ADB)
ContactsMaria Paniagua, Project Administration Unit, South Pacific Subregional Office ADB, mppaniagua@adb.org
NameTrends and Shifts in Streamflow in Hawaii, 1913-2008
DescriptionThis study addresses a need to document changes in streamflow and base flow in Hawaii during the past century. Hydrological Processes, 27: 1484 - 1500.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and Drought
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSGS/PIWSC
ContactsMaoya Bassiouni, mbassiou@usgs.gov Delwyn Oki, dsoki@usgs.gov
NameTrends in Streamflow Characteristics at Long-Term Gaging Stations in Hawaii
DescriptionDOI/USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5080. The surface-water resources of Hawaii have significant cultural, aesthetic, ecologic, and economic importance. Proper management of the surface-water resources of the State requires an understanding of the long- and short-term variability in streamflow characteristics that may occur. The USGS maintains a network of stream-gaging stations in Hawaii, including a number of stations with long-term streamflow records that can be used to evaluate long-term trends and short-term variability in flow characteristics.(More…)
Status
  • Completed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and Drought
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center
ContactsDelwyn Oki, dsoki@usgs.gov
NameTuvalu - Effective and Responsive Governance to Secure and Diversify Climate Resilient Marine-based Coastal Livelihoods and Enhance Climate Hazard Response Capacity
DescriptionThis Tuvalu NAPA-2 program will build on the NAPA-I/I+ in implementing its priorities. Main components: 1) Community-based adaptation of marine based livelihoods - includes activities to building resilience in livelihoods to climate impacts through an integrated package of measure that seek to enhance traditional fishing practices, through revitalisation of traditional practice and merging these with innovative new fisheries technologies; 2) Reducing disaster risk - improving access to disaster early warning systems for people on outer islands. This will include: improvements in regular weather forecasts; provision of a solar radio receiver at household level; introduction of a failsafe disaster warning system using a satellite-based SMS in the case that radio and satellite phones do not operate; an outreach programme; shelters; improved emergency plans; plus a range of other vital hardware and service improvements; and 3) Developing a mechanism that seeks to leverage international financing for community-based climate change adaptation on the outer islands through participatory development processes.(More…)
Status
  • planned
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUNDP Fiji MCO
ContactsAsenaca Ravuvu, asenaca.ravuvu@undp.org
NameTuvalu National Adaptation Programme of Action
DescriptionNational Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) provide a process for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change - those for which further delay would increase vulnerability and/or costs at a later stage.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesTuvalu Public Works Department, Tuvalu Meteorological Services, Department of Environment, Department of Lands, Department of Rural Development, Department of Health, Department of Fisheries, National Disaster Management Office
Contacts
NameU.S. Drought Portal
DescriptionThe U.S. Drought Portal is part of the interactive system to: 1) Provide early warning about emerging and anticipated droughts; 2) Assimilate and quality control data about droughts and models; 3) Provide information about risk and impact of droughts to different agencies and stakeholders; 4) Provide information about past droughts for comparison and to understand current conditions; 5) Explain how to plan for and manage the impacts of droughts; and 6) Provide a forum for different stakeholders to discuss drought-related issues.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and Drought
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesNOAA
ContactsDrought Portal, michael.j.brewer@noaa.gov NIDIS, roger.pulwarty@noaa.gov
NameU.S. Peace Corps Small Project Assistance for Adaptation
DescriptionThis project will extend USAID’s reach to remote communities by supporting the following efforts of Peace Corps volunteers: 1) development of youth camps that promote environmental awareness, knowledge and skills among the youth to become responsible natural resource stewards; 2) trainings that support community adaptation to climate change and build capacity for disaster risk reduction (DRR); and 3) small-scale community projects that can demonstrate application of climate change and DRR principles.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesU.S. Peace Corps, USAID
Contacts
NameU.S. Support Program to the Coral Triangle Initiative
DescriptionTo improve the management of biologically and economically important coastal and marine resources and associated ecosystems that support livelihoods and economies in the Coral Triangle and assist the six CTI countries in implementing the CTI Regional and National Plans of Action with activities that focus on instituting an ecosystem approach to fisheries management, creating marine protected areas, building climate change adaptive capacity and establishing regional platforms to promote cross-country learning and enhance sustainability.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesWWF, Conservation International, the Nature Conservancy, ARD Inc., NOAA
Contacts
NameU.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands Regional Gap Analysis for Hazard Planning Implementation
Description1) To develop a multi-dimensional gap analyses to determine how to implement science into the community in order to improve hazard resiliency. 2) To develop an analysis that is flexible and can be used for different regions of the Pacific. 3) To test the analyses for two geographically diverse areas – Kauai, Hawaii and the U.S. Marshall Islands. 4) If successful, apply in later phases to the entire Pacific Region. The project begins with a briefing to the NOAA Regional Collaboration Team for the Pacific Region. Extensive interviews will also be conducted with scientists, planners, community members and leaders.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • Central North Pacific
  • Western North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesUniversity of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program, NOAA
ContactsDennis Hwang, djh@opglaw.com
NameUnderstanding Past Rainfall Patterns in Hawaii
DescriptionThis project will measure growth rings in mamane trees from the upper slopes of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii, providing critical information on past rainfall and helping validate climate models predicting future rainfall.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUniversity of Hawaii/SOEST, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
ContactsBrian Schubert, bschube@hawaii.edu
NameUpgrading of Meteorological Service in Kiribati
DescriptionThis project aims to improve the reliability and scope of weather observation on outer islands, and reporting to the National Meteorological Services.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesKiribati Meteorological Service, MCTT
Contacts
NameUpgrading, Restoring, Enhancing Resilience of Coastal Defenses and Causeways in Kiribati
DescriptionThis project aims to prevent encroaching coastal erosion from affecting public infrastructure such as roads, airfields and community public assets by upgrading existing seawalls; to improve accessibility within the atolls which has been facilitated by causeways. Accessibility is, in a few cases, threatened by the inadequacy of causeway designs and/or change in the environment; to minimize potential risks to assets from climate-related disasters.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesMISA, MWP
Contacts
NameVanuatu National Adaptation Programme of Action
DescriptionNational Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) provide a process for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change - those for which further delay would increase vulnerability and/or costs at a later stage.(More…)
Status
  • Proposed
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community Resilience
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesVanuatu Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Fisheries, Department of Forestry, Department of Geology, Mines and Water Resources, Department of Lands and Environment, National Tourism Development Office and Vanuatu Tourism Office
Contacts
NameVulnerability and Adaptation Initiative
DescriptionThrough this initiative, six Pacific countries have implemented activities to reduce their vulnerability to climate change and achieve good environmental outcomes.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtCoastal Inundation/Sea Level Rise, Extreme Weather, and Community ResilienceMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • South Pacific
Lead AgenciesAusAID
Contacts
NameVulnerability of Hawaiian Forest Birds to Climate Change - Using Models to Link Landscape, Climate, Disease, and Potential Adaptation
DescriptionThe introduction of mosquitos and avian malaria are considered to be primary factors contributing to population declines and changes in the distribution of many native Hawaiian forest birds. Mosquito and malaria dynamics (abundance, location etc.) are strongly influenced by climate, particularly rainfall and temperature. Successful conservation of Hawaiian forest birds requires an analysis of climate change and its impact on the future disease risk of native bird populations. Key objectives of this research will be to 1) predict changes in avian malaria across space and time as a result of anticipated climate change, 2) evaluate the potential for bird species extinctions, 3) research and consider birds’ genetic adaptation to malaria, and 4) assess the costs and effectiveness of conservation strategies to mitigate impacts on bird populations. This project will provide the first quantitative assessment of the long-term impact of climate change on bird malaria distribution and on Hawaii's unique forest birds, and provide a crucial tool to adaptively manage recovery and promote disease resistance among avian populations.(More…)
Status
  • Ongoing
Focus AreaFresh Water Resources and DroughtMarine and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Region
  • Central North Pacific
Lead AgenciesUSGS/PIERC, U of Wisconsin
ContactsDennis Lapointe, dennis_lapointe@usgs.gov Carter T. Atkinson, catkinson@usgs.gov Eben Paxton, Eben_Paxton@usgs.gov Michael Samuel, mdsamuel@wisc.ed
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