The Pacific Islands region includes the Hawaiian archipelago and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). More than 2,000 islands are distributed across millions of square miles of the Pacific Ocean.
The current regional professional culture of communication and collaboration, with roots in indigenous island cultures, provides a strong foundation for this effort and will be important for building resilience in the face of the changing climate.
"Climate Change and Pacific Islands: Indicators and Impacts is being published as one of a series of technical inputs to the National Climate Assessment (NCA) 2013 report. Developed by the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA), this 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). The 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."… (more)