Posted on | December 10, 2010 | Comments Off
Charles (Chip) Fletcher, Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology associate dean for academic affairs, received an award for climate change science at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 12th annual Environmental Awards Ceremony. Fletcher not only studies island climate adaptation and policy issues, he excels at communicating his findings to policy makers and the public.
Climate change is evident in Hawaiʻi—surface temperatures are rising, rainfall and stream flow has generally decreased, rain intensity has increased, sea level and sea surface temperatures have increased and the ocean is acidifying. Writing about these patterns, and their relevance to Pacific Island communities, has been the work of Fletcher, whose research is published in more than 100 peer-reviewed, international scientific journal articles and reports.
Fletcher is also the author of Living on the Shores of Hawaiʻi: Natural Hazards, the Environment, and our Communities published by University of Hawaiʻi Press.
Fletcher formulated the concept and assisted in implementing the university’s Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy. The center connects individuals and institutions to the scope of climate knowledge at UH Mānoa. The Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy offers work product in the areas of law, policy, planning and science to mitigate and adapt to climate change while embracing the wisdom of local, traditional cultures.