A report was based on the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) was recently presented to the President's Task Force for Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Primary responsibility for the PIRCA is shared by the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS); the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC); Pacific Climate Information System (PaCIS); and the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC).
Gov. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii presented the contents of the report: "Navigating Change, Hawaii’s Approach to Adaptation" to the first meeting of the President’s Task Force for Climate Preparedness and Resilience in December.
More than 100 scientific experts and practitioners contributed to the 2012 PIRCA, an integrated report that serves as a regional contribution to the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA). The 2012 PIRCA examines climate change impacts in Hawaii and the USAPI and also assesses the adaptive capacity of Pacific Island communities
To view the full report, visit: http://governor.hawaii.gov/
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