4-day, 3-night Immersion Camp
Building bridges across distinct worldviews and, thereby, building upon local knowledge networks is not a straightforward process and requires time. Yet diversifying and strengthening networks that are accountable to specific landscapes and seascapes as well as the communities that utilize these resource is a powerful process. Employing knowledge co-production, long-term professional networks can increasingly root the scientific method within the needs, values, and practices of well-defined professional communities and places, profoundly expanding local capacities of adaptation, resilience, and sustainability. In August of 2016, the PI-CASC Climate Change Boot Camp utilized a wide variety of in-person experiences and multiple ways of knowing to expand local professional networks, while improving our understanding of the worldviews of others. We invite you to experience this camp that was based out of the Kiolakaʻa Ranger Station in Kaʻū, Hawaiʻi, through our short film.
Interactive Conference Forums
The below forums utilized a variety of formats (film, panels, small group discussions, and presentations) and were opportunities for managers, policy professionals, community leaders, graduate students, early career professionals, and researchers to interactively participate in the process of uniting multiple knowledge forms and distinct worldviews through professional networking opportunities. Groups in these events typically discuss the application of knowledge co-production on the ground. By drawing diverse backgrounds, in-person forums such as these are unique opportunities for researchers, stakeholders, and the next generation of professionals to develop relationships, deepen understanding across worldviews, expand networks, develop actionable products, and, thereby, build upon human capacities of adaptation, resilience, and sustainability through times of significant socio-ecological change. For more information on such collaborattive processes within the MCC, please see our recent publication:
Laursen S, Puniwai N, Genz AS, Nash SAB, Canale LK, and Ziegler-Chong S (2018) Collaboration across worldviews: managers and scientists on Hawaiʻi Island utilize knowledge coproduction to facilitate
climate change adaptation. Environmental Management 62(4): 619-630
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Collaborative Workshops, Hilo, HI, Jan. 2016 and Nov. 2019
- natural and cultural resource managers, UH Hilo faculty, USGS scientists, and graduate students present and discuss manager needs and research support in relation to climate adaptation.
- both 3-hour workshops laid the groundwork for two cohorts of manager-driven, 2-year graduate research projects
Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference, Honolulu, HI, July 18-20, 2017
- report on MCC forum
- conference program book (MCC forum is in concurrent session 4, July 19 on p. 16)
- abstract book (MCC's forum identifier is 4-8, p. 44)
Pacific Youth Empowerment for Success Conference, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, November 3, 2018
- early career professional panel discussing practical, place-based context for careers involved in climate change adaptation and necessary tools and skills developed through research experiences.
9th Annual University of Guam Island Sustainability Conference, Tumon, Guam, April 18-21, 2017
- MCC graduate students presented their manager-driven research, immersion camp film screened, and students fielded questions with the audience regarding their research.
- conference program book (MCC's forum abstract is on page 30 in the Climate session)
- agenda and abstracts for PI-CASC Student Research Symposium involving all 5 MCC graduate students
10th Annual University of Guam Island Sustainability Conference, Tumon, Guam, April 10-12, 2019
- MCC foundations presented and county policy impacts that have resulted from an MCC research project led by Bethany Morrison at Hawaiʻi County's Long Range Planning Dept. MCC staff, Bethany Morrison, and two additional presenters in the session then fielded questions from the audience regarding policy, planning, and manager-driven research efforts.
National Climate Science Center Student and Early Career Training, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. November 2-3, 2016.
- Conference program book
- Student blog on the UMASS training
- Short video on the UMASS training
- Story on two PI-CSC graduate students (Chandra Legdesog and Phillip John R. Cruz) from University of Guam who attended the UMASS training through the MCC
- Story on a UH Hilo TCBES student (Jessica Kirkpatrick) who participated in the UMASS training through the MCC
9th Annual National Adaptation Forum, St. Paul, MN, May 9-11, 2017
- Session title - Teaching Climate Adaptation: regional climate science center network activities on education and training
- MCC presentation title - Facilitating Knowledge Coproduction on Hawaiʻi Island: managers and scientists in the context of climate change
- MCC presentation slides with notes
- conference program book (see p. 28 for session abstract involving MCC and other CASC's nationally)
10th Annual National Adaptation Forum, Madison, WI, April 23-25, 2019
- Session title - Collaboration and Adaptation Across Worldviews: case studies in co-producing and implementing science for management
- MCC presentation title - Collaboration across Worldviews: managers and scientists in Hawaiʻi adapt to climate change through knowledge co-production
- Session abstract, session presenters, and pdf files of all session presentations
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).