The Manager Climate Corps (MCC)

Collaborating across worldviews to build adaptive capacity in the face of change

Welcome to the Manager Climate Corps (MCC) program! The MCC is practitioner-driven research program hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo) and part of the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC). PI-CASC is a partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey and a three-member university consortium: the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (the consortium lead), the University of Guam, and UH Hilo. Each partner brings unique roles to the PI-CASC and develops regionally specific programs, projects, and products. Overall, PI-CASC develops research products (information, tools, and techniques) that strengthen the capacities of natural and cultural resource managers across the Pacific to anticipate and adapt to climate change impacts. The Department of the Interior (DOI) has established a network of eight DOI Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs), including the PI-CASC. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) manages the CASCs on behalf of the DOI through the National Climate Adaptation Science Center.

The MCC was developed to support and connect local natural resource managers, researchers, cultural practitioners, policy professionals, community leaders, and graduate students on Hawaiʻi Island through in-person networking and collaborative research projects. Utilizing the themes contained in the PI-CASC's overarching documents, the 2018-2022 PI-CASC Science Agenda (PDF) and the DOI FY2018-2022 Strategic Plan (PDF), the MCC builds adaptive capacity locally by identifying existing professional networks and expanding them through manager-driven research projects and collaborative forums.

The four foundational elements of the MCC are

supporting and developing long-term trust

building upon existing in-person professional networks (knowledge networks)

utilizing knowledge co-production (manager-driven collaborative research)

recognizing and engaging multiple knowledge forms

View our 2018 publication in Environmental Management, the 2019 MCC poster (PDF), or the "Our Process" section of the website for detail on the MCC's development process. Also check out our Climate Science page for a quick overview of our approach to building adaptative capacity through place-based research, or a case study of policy impacts from one of our collaborative research projects published on the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit website.

Our goal is to support long-term, in-person relationships and collaborative research projects by uniting local research and management networks through the process of knowledge co-production. Together, managers and scientists co-produce research products that directly inform policy and meaningfully address the complex challenges faced by local managers and the communities they are connected to. In this manner, the MCC embeds the scientific process within specific biocultural landscapes and seascapes, rooting university research efforts deeply within the strong ties of local manager networks that manifest trust. Working closely with the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Graduate Program at UH Hilo, the MCC's manager-driven research projects help local managers and communities adapt to socio-ecological shifts such as climate change, land-use change, invasive species impacts, and cultural change. The MCC also develops interactive forums that strengthen and build upon local knowledge networks and supports manager-driven interdisciplinary coursework at UH Hilo.

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The MCC partners with the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Graduate Program at UH Hilo and is a part of the larger tri-university consortium of the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PI-CASC).