The Pacific RISA Year 4 Newsletter (2013 – 2014) The Pacific RISA continues to extend its interdisciplinary multi stakeholder research and outreach to support the understanding of and responses to climate variability and change impacts in Pacific Island communities. Some of the key highlights include using the 2012 Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) as a convening document research and outreach activities. PIRCA workshops facilitated a knowledge exchange with many groups, including the Hawai‘i Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM), regarding the adaptive management of freshwater resources. The Pacific RISA team members have contributed to workshops with water resource managers in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and American Sāmoa on resilience to drought and climate variability due to the El Niño/Southern Oscillation. Some of the exciting highlights also include work in American Sāmoa in laying the foundation for assessing the value of multiple legal and policy tools aimed at supporting climate adaptation planning.
The Pacific RISA Year 3 Newsletter (2012 – 2013) highlights another successful year for Pacific RISA furthering its interdisciplinary research and supporting communities to be able to best prepare for future climate conditions. Major activities include climate modeling, hydrological, and policy-related research; social network analysis of climate professionals in the region; new initiatives and collaborations; key presentations and meetings attended; year 3 new hires and publication highlights.
The Pacific RISA Year 2 Newsletter (2011-2012) highlights Pacific RISA’s second successful year conducting interdisciplinary research and helping communities to understand, plan for, and respond to a changing climate. Major activities include, for example: the 2012 Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA); climate modeling, hydrological, and policy-related research; the Climate Matters “Documoments” series; outreach workshops; and key presentations and publications.
The Pacific RISA Year 1 Newsletter (2010-2011) reflects remarkable growth in this first year of Phase II of our program of research, assessment, and outreach activities. In the Year 1 newsletter we highlight progress on climate modeling research, hydrological research, and policy-related research; explain our role in the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) process; describe our outreach activities; and catalog key presentations and publications.