Location: Pacific Region
How has climate change been impacting Pacific Ocean resources?
This project developed time series data crucial to the understanding of climate change and its environmental impacts in the U.S. flag islands of the Pacific. These data, freely available for public use, define the “ocean climate,” the recent and current ocean conditions that govern reef processes. These observations, compiled for the first time, are valuable in understanding ecosystem variability and processes, such as reproduction and survival, which determine the health of wildlife populations. This project provides island-specific data (including waves, sea-surface temperature, chlorophyll-a, and solar radiation); island and basin scale data (including wind and ocean current); and basin scale data (including sea-surface height, dissolved inorganic carbon, and precipitation).
Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa
NOAA Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center, Coral Reef Ecosystem Division