Chancellor Straney represented the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo at a brief ceremony preceding the inaugural lecture for the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PICSC) held at the UH Mānoa campus on Oct. 26. PICSC is one of eight regional climate science centers recently initiated by the U.S. Department of Interior as joint projects hosted by university partners. The PICSC university consortium is led by UH Mānoa, UH Hilo and the University of Guam.
The focus of work supported by the new center is on the effects of climate change on the ecology of the Pacific islands and implications for land and wildlife managers. Total funding to UH researchers provided through the new center is expected to be about $2 million per year. Chancellor Straney is the principal investigator for the UH Hilo portion of the project.
The inaugural lecture by Loyal Mehrhoff, field supervisor at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Deanna Spooner, coordinator of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative, was titled Navigating Change: Climate Science and Collaboration in the Pacific. It was the first in a series of lectures about stakeholder-driven science related to Pacific climate and ecology.