Guam – David Helweg, the newly selected director of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PICSC) is on island meeting with students and faculty at UOG and members of the Administration.
THis afternoon, Wednesday April 2, he will be making a presentation on the “Vision and Framework of Science at the Department of Interior Pacific Islands Climate Science Center”. The presentation will occur at 3pm at the University of Guam Water and Environmental Research Institute (WERI). This presentation is open to the public.
Tomorrow, Helweg will also be meeting with the Lt. Governor and other officials this week.
PICSC, which is based at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, is one of eight regional DOI Climate Science Centers established and managed by the U.S. Geological Survey, to provide federal, state and local land managers access to the best science available on climate change and other landscape-scale stressors of the nation’s natural and cultural resources. Among the many regional climate change challenges for the Pacific Island communities are freshwater resources, coral reef health, fish and wildlife response to climate change, ecosystem restoration, invasive species, marine and coastal resilience, sea-level rise and coastal erosion, and wildlife disease, and the implications for community and cultural continuity.
In addition to the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, other partner institutions in the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center include the University of Hawai’i, Hilo, and the University of Guam.
In 2009 the U.S. Department of Interior established two partner-based entities to address challenges of climate change: Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs). CSCs provide region-focused climate science to support management of natural and cultural resources. The Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PICSC) was launched in 2012 and serves Hawai?i and the US–Affiliated Pacific Islands region. The PICSC is hosted by a university consortium including the University of Hawai?i and the University of Guam. Partnership with academia provides scientific expertise along with commitment to capacity building in the region. In close partnership with the PICSC is the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (PICCC), which serves as the regional LCC. Together, they work with federal, state, and other partners to deliver scientific research and interpretation. A biocultural framework emphasizes interconnected natural and anthropogenic systems and seeks to integrate multiple knowledge systems and modes of investigation. The vision for the PICSC is to inform and support sustainability and climate adaptation of human and ecological communities in the Pacific islands. Emphasis is on actionable science—science with a clear path for integration with resource stewards, with research organized around themes that guide progress of the PICSC.
For more information, contact the University of Guam Office of Graduate Studies, Sponsored Programs at 735-2676 or WERI at 735-2686.
For more information about PICSC, visit: http://www.doi.gov/csc/pacific/index.cfm.