NOAA declares third ever global bleaching event

(Infographic credit: NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program) Although corals can recover from mild bleaching, severe or long-term bleaching can be deadly. After corals die, reefs quickly degrade and the structures corals build erode. This provides less shoreline protection from storms and fewer habitats for fish and other marine life.

News from NOAA indicates that the same record ocean temperatures that are causing widespread bleaching in Hawai`i are expanding into the Caribbean, threatening coral in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This has prompted them to issue a declaration of the third global coral bleaching event ever on record. According to Mark Eakin,  NOAA’s […]

Launching the Hawaiian Islands Terrestrial Adaptation Initiative

Photo credit: Paul Bica, Flickr

Recently, the PICCC commenced our Hawaiian Islands Terrestrial Adaptation Initiative (HITAI)  to assist managers in all aspects of confronting the challenges presented by climate change. To place this Initiative on a firm scientific foundation, the PICCC has asked EcoAdapt to develop comprehensive, science-based syntheses of current and projected future climate change and impacts on, and […]

Climate Stories in the Pacific Islands

Photo credit: Liz West, Flickr

NOAA’s  Pacific Islands Climate Storybook provides a detailed overview of climate change impacts, needs, and lessons learned across the Pacific. Through experiential knowledge, scientific data, and lessons learned from these community engagement processes, the Storybook highlights the major impact that climate change is having in communities across the Pacific and the strategies that are being used […]

In case you missed it…

(Credit: Curt Storlazzi, USGS)

  In case you missed the PICCC’s August webinar with Dr. Curt Storlazzi, “Future wave projections for the US and US-affiliated Pacific Islands”, access the recorded webinar using the links below (you will need to download the WebEx software to access the webinar): Streaming version: https://mmancusa.webex.com/mmancusa/ldr.php?RCID=4c056b5100940db2a401c69219555b18  Downloadable version: https://mmancusa.webex.com/mmancusa/lsr.php?RCID=9ca472b7d9ff3f11714de6b66e686bcb Webinar Overview Understanding the potential changes in waves […]

The PICCC at the Hawai`i Conservation Conference

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With so many developments and updates in the realm of climate science and conservation, how can one organization keep up?  The PICCC employs several strategies, but one important strategy is to attend conferences, workshops, and other large meetings to get to know new faces, reunite with old colleagues, and learn about advancements in climate change […]

Closing Words

Photo Credits: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Editor’s Note: This summer, the PICCC has been joined by Joseph Anastacio, a Palau native and current University of Hawai’i student, serving as an intern through the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES). Below, Joe describes some of the climate change impacts he has witnessed in Palau.  I am sad that this will be my […]

HELP! I am drowning

Photo credit: Joseph Anastacio

  Editor’s Note: This summer, the PICCC has been joined by Joseph Anastacio, a Palau native and current University of Hawai’i student, serving as an intern through the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES). Below, Joe describes some of the climate change impacts he has witnessed in Palau.  I remember one evening asking my dad […]

Ocean: A Way of Life

By Rick and Lea Miller

Editor’s Note: This summer, the PICCC has been joined by Joseph Anastacio, a Palau native and current University of Hawai’i student, serving as an intern through the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES). Below, Joe describes some of the climate change impacts he has witnessed in Palau.  Growing up, I always loved the ocean, because […]

Making Art From Climate Change

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Editor’s Note: The Sea Change series hangs in the PICCC’s office. The artist who created the piece, Melissa Chimera, describes below the creative process and idea behind the art. The genesis of the Sea Change series lay with Deanna Spooner of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative. Deanna wanted to support a new art project […]