Revamped Pacific RISA Website Features Integrated Climate Knowledge for Hawai‘i and Pacific Islands


HONOLULU (Nov. 29, 2012) -- The Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments program (Pacific RISA) has launched an updated, interactive website as a focal point for the current state of climate knowledge about Hawai‘i and the U.S-Affiliated Pacific Islands.

The improved site at serves as a hub of interactive media, publications, and tools produced by researchers at the East-West Center, the University of Hawai‘i, and other partner organizations.  Users can explore current knowledge about climate change from Pacific RISA’s interdisciplinary work in areas such as climate projections, hydrological modeling, disaster risk assessment, and legal and policy analysis.

Among media that users can interact with on the website are the Climate Matters “Documoments,” a series of videos featuring real-world stories of climate impacts on Hawai‘i and the Pacific Islands. Produced by East-West Center Senior Fellow Dr. Melissa Finucane with assistance from East-West Center Fellow Dr. Victoria Keener, the Documoments portray personal narratives about why climate information is important for various sectors in Hawai‘i. The latest video, released days ago, features an interview with Mr. Raymond Tanabe, Meteorologist in Charge of the National Weather Service in Honolulu. Viewers can comment directly on media and news posts to begin a dialogue with researchers and other website viewers, or use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to share the site’s videos, photos, and articles.

The website contains a wealth of information on Pacific Island nations and examples of island communities adapting to climate change.  A portion of the site is devoted to familiarizing users from around the world with the Pacific Islands region.  Also showcased are a number of case studies developed for the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment’s forthcoming report Climate Change and Pacific Islands: Indicators and Impacts. The case studies illustrate climate change impacts and adaptation.

The Pacific RISA program strives to integrate natural and social sciences to enhance Pacific Island communities’ abilities to understand, plan for, and respond to changing climate conditions. As an important center for Pacific RISA’s communications, the updated website is a key step toward this vision. Visitors to the website also have the option to sign up to receive Pacific RISA updates via RSS feed and email newsletters. 

For more information, contact Zena Grecni: +1 808-944-7233; [email protected].