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Climate Change and Pacific Islands: Indicators and Impacts

Report for the 2012 Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment

 Climate Change and Pacific Islands: Indicators and Impacts
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Edited by Victoria Keener with contributions from John J. Marra, Melissa L. Finucane, Deanna Spooner, and Margaret H. Smith

196 pages | 8 x 10

Prepared for the 2013 National Climate Assessment and a landmark study in terms of its breadth and depth of coverage, Climate Change and the Pacific Islands was developed by the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment, a collaborative effort engaging federal, state, and local government agencies, non-government organizations, academician, businesses, and community groups to inform and prioritize their activities in the face of a changing climate. The book assesses the state of knowledge about climate change indicators, impacts, and adaptive capacity of the Hawaiian archipelago and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands.
The book provides the basis for understanding the key observations and impacts from climate change in the region, including the rise in surface air and sea-surface temperatures, along with sea levels, and the changes in ocean chemistry, rainfall amount and distribution, weather extremes, and widespread ecosystem changes.
Rich in science and case studies, it examines the latest climate change impacts, scenarios, vulnerabilities, and adaptive capacity and offers decision makers and stakeholders a substantial basis from which to make informed choices that will affect the well-being of the region’s inhabitants in the decades to come.

About this Report
Executive Summary
Hawai‘i Governor's Letter
List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1: Pacific Islands Region Overview
Region profile
Pacific Island geology and landscape
Pacific Island peoples, governments, and economies
Pacific Island ecosystems
Box 1-1: Marine national monuments in the Pacific Islands region
Box 1-2: Ecosystems of the Pacific Islands region
Weather and climate
Inter-annual and interdecadal variability
Box 1-3: Distinguishing climate variability from climate change in the Pacific
Observations and monitoring
Box 1-4: The value of high-quality observations and monitoring: Mauna Loa Observatory, HaleNet, and Station ALOHA

Models and projections
Indicators of a changing climate in the Pacific Islands region
Impacts of a changing climate in the Pacific Islands region
Adaptive capacities
Box 1-5: Climate change will force human migration from the Pacific Islands
Advancing knowledge

Box 1-6: Assessing information needs for managing O‘ahu's freshwater resources

Chapter 2: Freshwater and Drought on Pacific Islands

Freshwater hydrology overview
Historic and current trends
Box 2-1: The Hawai‘i Water Code: Providing a strong basis for management and planning
Box 2-2: High-quality data and monitoring networks are threatened

Impacts and adaptation
Case Study 2-1: Managing vulnerable water resources in atoll nations
Case Study 2-2: Using climate forecasts to save money and protect human health
Case Study 2-3: Climate change likely to intensify freshwater disputes in Hawai‘i

Chapter 3: Sea Level and Coastal Inundation on Pacific Islands

Historic and current trends
Box 3-1: How do you measure sea level?
Extreme sea-level events
Climate projections and sea level
Case Study 3-1: A combination of processes creates extreme water levels and contributes to flooding and erosion
Case Study 3-2: Mapping sea-level rise in Honolulu

Chapter 4: Marine, Freshwater, and Terrestrial Ecosystems on Pacific Islands

Regional ecosystems overview
Historic and projected trends
Impacts to marine ecosystems
Impacts to freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems
Implications of climate change for management
Case Study 4-1: Climate change threatens Hawaiian forest birds
Case Study 4-2: Fish populations respond to climate conditions
Case Study 4-3: Pacific coral reef management in a changing climate

Chapter 5: Summary and Conclusions
Advancing Knowledge

Appendix A: Glossaries Related to Weather and Climate in the Pacific Islands
Appendix B: Future Regional Climate — Modeling and Projections
Appendix C: Members of the PIRCA Core Team
Appendix D: Members of the PIRCA Steering Committee
Appendix E: Freshwater and Drought Technical Workshop
Appendix F: Sea-level Rise and Coastal Inundation Technical Workshop
Appendix G: Marine, Freshwater, and Terrestrial EcosystemsTechnical Workshop
Appendix H: Summary of Workshop Evaluations

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