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Climate Information Products

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – IPCC is an international effort to assess scientific, technical and socioeconomic information relevant to the adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.
IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007 – Working Group II Report – “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” – Chapter 16: Small Islands

Pacific Climate Information System (PaCIS) – Provides a programmatic framework to bring together ongoing and future climate observations, operational forecasting services and climate projections, research, assessment, data management, outreach, and education to address the needs of the Pacific Islands.

PacificIslandsClimate.org (PIKO) – This website is a gateway to a broad range of information related to climate in the Pacific Islands. It includes summaries of programs, projects, and activities, as well as products and services.

Pacific ENSO Applications Climate Center (PEAC) – PEAC research and product development focuses on the impacts and long-term projections of the El Niño – Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate cycle to support management activities in climate-sensitive sectors. For more information also see the PEAC web page on this site.

Rainfall Atlas of Hawai‘i  – The Rainfall Atlas of Hawaiʻi is a set of maps showing the spatial patterns of rainfall for the major Hawaiian Islands. The interactive map allows users to see the patterns of mean monthly and annual rainfall, zoom in on areas of interest, and click on a particular location to view the mean annual rainfall and a graph and table of mean monthly rainfall.  Rainfall measurements taken at over 1,000 stations were used as the principal source of information in the development of the rainfall maps. The Rainfall Atlas of Hawaiʻi is produced by the Geography Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. An article introducing the Atlas was published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society in 2013.

NOAA Coastal Services Center – Information and links to coastal management climate issues and information.

Pacific Islands Global Climate Observing System (PI-GCOS) – PI-GCOS is a sub-program of the Clobal Climate Observing System (GCOS) aimed specifically at meeting the observing needs of Pacific Islands.

Pacific Islands Integrated Ocean Observing System (Pac-IOOS) – PacIOOS is one of eleven regional observing programs in the U.S. that are supporting the emergence of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) under the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP).

Australia’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility – NCCARF is a research initiative established by the Australian Government in 2008 to generate and communicate the knowledge decision-makers need for successful adaptation to climate change.  Their 2013 Policy Guidance Briefs provide high-level policy advice on effectively adaptive Australia to a variable and changing climate.

Climate Adaptation Tools

Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) – The EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities initiative offers CREAT to assist drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities in identifying climate change threats, assessing potential consequences, and evaluating adaptation options. Version 2.0 was released in January 2013.

Preparing for Climate Change: A Guide for Local, Regional, and State Governments is an adaptation planning tool developed by the Climate Impacts Group (a Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments program) in the Pacific Northwest to help governments begin to develop adaptation measures.

Adapting to Climate Variability and Change: A Guidance Manual for Development Planning – Developed in August 2007 by the US Agency for International Development, this tool provides a framework and guidance for assessing climate risks and developing adaptation measures.

Global Adaptation Index (GAIn) – The GAIN Index, a project of the Global Adaption Institute (GAIN), summarizes a country’s vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges on the one hand and its readiness to improve resilience on the other hand. It aims to help businesses and the public sector better prioritize investments for a more efficient response to the immediate global challenges ahead.

Drought Products and Tools

U.S. Drought Monitor – Tool monitors national drought and provides warning information. Pacific data is limited to Hawaiʻi, but U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands data is currently in trial.

Drought Impact Reporter – Tool enables local people to report drought impacts through the internet.  The information is aggregated and may be investigated to ground-truth reports from the field.  Reports will be taken from all U.S. Pacific Islands should information be sent.

Hawaiʻi Drought Monitor – Provides information on current drought situation in Hawaiʻi, as well as links to organizations and agencies participating in the Hawaiʻi Drought Council.

Hazard Decision Support Products and Tools

HAZUS – Tool originally developed by FEMA assesses building and structural risks from hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes to provide managers with information on average annualized losses and specific building vulnerabilities.  In Hawaiʻi, the building inventories are being updated to include in this risk assessment model.

Hawaiʻi Wind Risk Maps – Martin & Chock, Inc. has developed wind risk maps that takes island topography into account in developing the model and risk maps.

Global Hazards Atlas – Tool developed by the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) to understand historic hazard occurrences and risks.

Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk – This tool from the NOAA Coastal Services Center provides a participatory approach for assessing a community’s vulnerability to hazards―and for incorporating relevant data and information about hazards and climate into ongoing local planning and decision-making.

Hazard Mitigation Planning – Website links to guidance and tools developed to assist local governments in developing hazard mitigation plans.

Benefit-Cost Analysis Toolkit – Developed by FEMA, this tool must be used in preparing mitigation actions to demonstrate the overall benefits of implementing the project.

Hawaiʻi Tsunami Hazard Risk Tool – NOAA Pacific Services tool is beneficial for understanding coastal inundation and provides information to individuals to assess risks for their location and determine response and mitigation actions.

Pacific Risk Management ʻOhana (PRiMO) – A coalition of organizations that are committed to enhancing cooperation, coordination, and collaboration to strengthen and sustain hazard resilient communities.

Community Climate Monitoring Tools

Climate Witness  – Toolkit developed by the WWF to enable communities to monitor climate change in ecosystems.  The tool has been adapted for use in Pacific communities and has demonstrated successes in Fiji.


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