New Pacific RISA ‘Documoment’ Video Focuses on Climate Change Impacts ‘From Ridge to Reef’ on Maui


HONOLULU (July 14, 2017) – Researchers with the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (Pacific RISA) program housed at the East-West Center have released the latest in a series of “Climate Matters” ‘documoment’ videos. The new seven-minute video, titled “Climate Matters for Ridge to Reef Ecosystems,” focuses on climate change impacts in West Maui forest watersheds and reef ecosystems. The video features interviews with two Pacific RISA stakeholders from the Maui Future Climate Scenarios project, each representing part of the ridge-to-reef climate and ecosystem connection.

Starting from the high-elevation ridges, Chris Brosius of the West Maui Mountain Watershed Partnership discusses conservation of native Hawaiian forests and their importance in maintaining a healthy watershed, and how climate impacts and anthropogenic threats are negatively impacting them. The second half of the documoment focuses on Tova Callender of the West Maui Ridge-2-Reef program, and the pressures that the West Maui coral reef faces from climate impacts such as the El Niño, and both urban and agricultural development.

Each acknowledges the importance of the connection between the distinct ecosystems, and how climate data can help manage them in an integrated way. The video concludes with a statement about both observed air temperature rise in high-elevation forests and coral reef loss in West Maui, and future climate projections and their impacts on these critical ecosystems.

The “Climate Matters for Ridge to Reef Ecosystems” documoment can be viewed online at

Past Pacific RISA documoments can be accessed on the Pacific RISA website at


The Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (Pacific RISA) program supports Pacific island and coastal communities in adapting to the impacts of climate variability and change. We strive to enhance Pacific communities’ abilities to understand, plan for, and respond to changing climate conditions.