Resource Full Report: Climate Change and Pacific Islands: Indicators and Impacts
- Vetting Authority:
- Art Sussman
- This Full Report is the detailed, technical Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA). The PCEP website also has the Executive Summary which is much shorter and less technical.
The Full Report assesses the state of knowledge about climate change indicators, impacts, and adaptive capacity of the Hawaiian archipelago and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). PIRCA is a collaborative effort engaging federal, state, and local government agencies, non-government organizations, academia, businesses, and community groups to inform and prioritize their activities in the face of a changing climate.
The PIRCA has three regional focus areas:
(1) Preserving fresh water resources and minimizing the impacts of drought;
(2) Fostering community resilience to the impacts of sea-level rise, coastal inundation, and extreme weather; and
(3) Sustaining marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems.
The PIRCA examines impacts and adaptive capacity of communities regarding climate change effects on the water-energy nexus; cultural resources and indigenous environmental knowledge; regional and community economies; policy; urbanization, transportation, and infrastructure vulnerabilities; ecosystem services; and ocean resource sustainability and coastal zone management.
Specific topics of interest include:
* Climate variability and change science, including historical observations, trends and climatologies.
* Freshwater resource sustainability; flow trends; groundwater recharge; demographic stresses.
* Sea level rise and coastal inundation projections and scenarios; current and projected coastal hazards and impacts.
* Ecosystem assessments including climate effects on ocean acidification and coral health; sea level rise impacts on ecosystems; saltwater intrusion; and species/habitat responses to precipitation and temperature changes.
- Edited by Victoria W. Keener, John J. Marra, Melissa L. Finucane, Deanna Spooner, Margaret L. Smith
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- Resource Type:
- Research Document
- Publication Date:
- Island Press
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- Grade Levels:
- Grades 9-12, College
- Climate Impacts, Home and National Security, Fresh Water and Food Security, Ecosystems and Biodiversity Impacts, Public Health, Economic Impacts, Home/Nation Impacts: Sea Level, Home/Nation Impacts: Extreme Weather, Home/Nation Impacts: Temperature Changes, Home/Nation Impacts: Water Cycle Changes, Home/Nation Impacts: Adaptation, Water/Food Impacts: Sea Level, Water/Food Impacts: Extreme Weather, Water/Food Impacts: Temperature Changes, Water/Food Impacts: Water Cycle Changes, Water/Food Impacts: Ocean pH, Water/FoodImpacts: Adaptation, Ecosystems/Biodiversity Impacts: Sea Level, Ecosystems/Biodiversity Impacts: Extreme Weather, Ecosystems/Biodiversity Impacts: Temperature Changes, Ecosystems/Biodiversity Impacts: Water Cycle Changes, Ecosystems/Biodiversity Impacts: Ocean pH, Ecosystems/Biodiversity Impacts: Adaptation, Public Health Impacts: Sea Level, Public Health Impacts: Extreme Weather, Public Health Impacts: Temperature Changes, Public Health Impacts: Water Cycle Changes, Public Health Impacts: Adaptation, Economy Impacts: Sea Level, Economy Impacts: Extreme Weather, Economy Impacts: Temperature Changes, Economy Impacts: Water Cycle Changes, Economy Impacts: Ocean pH, Economy Impacts: Adaptation
- Related Locations:
- Hawaii, American Samoa, Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Yap
Related LocationsOne of the 11 major political entities within the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island (USAPI) region.