WRRC 2022 Fall Seminar

October 7, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Kuykendall Room 201 and Zoom Meeting

Ecohydrological Implications of Land Cover Change in Hawai‘i: Examining Transpiration Processes in Native and Invaded Forest Types in the Leeward Koʻolau Mountains

by Ms. Liat Portner

Hawai‘i Cooperative Studies Unit

Hawaiʻi has a long history of recognizing the relationship between water and natural resource management. However, in the face of ongoing land cover changes, these connections are changing in unknown ways. The discipline of ecohydrology provides us with the tools to examine the interactions between hydrologic flow and presents frameworks to predict how water resources may change under various land cover scenarios. In this seminar, I will review key ecohydrologic flows and the major agents of land cover change in Hawaiʻi, as well as present the results from my master’s thesis. That project focused on the impacts of plant invasion by strawberry guava in the leeward Koʻolau mountains on Oʻahu through measurements of transpiration. Understanding the ecohydrological impacts of land cover changes is a critical component of natural resource management and future work is needed to elucidate the impacts of various land cover change scenarios.

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Mānoa Campus

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Keri Kodama, 956-3174, kodamak8@hawaii.edu

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