The study synthesized 10 years of datasets for the first time to get a big-picture perspective on Hawaiʻi's reef health and regional impacts and it provides a foundation for further research and informs policies to protect coral reefs.
UH has completed 300 research cruises to Station ALOHA, about 60 miles north of Oʻahu, one of the best-sampled places in the world’s oceans with a decades-long record of how the ocean responds to climate change.
The models were used to study storm surge caused by Hurricane Iniki by comparing time series of previously observed seawater levels with the research team’s modeled seawater levels in Honolulu during the storm.
Many of the world’s coral reefs could begin to erode within 30 years as a result of increasing ocean acidity, according to a paper in Science co-authored by UH Mānoa Professor Eric DeCarlo and former graduate student Patrick Drupp.
Philippe Binder and colleagues sought a better understanding of why conservationists and natural resource managers have lost ground in the past 20 years, while large, lucrative development properties were proposed, approved and funded.