RESEARCH: HUMAN DIMENSIONS & ECONOMICS

Influence of Anthropogenic and Climatic Forcing on Water Quality Within a Tropical Coastal Ecosystem

SPONSOR:
National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program

PROJECT PERIOD:
3/1/2015 – 2/28/2017

ABSTRACT:
The overarching goal of this work is to understand how microbial community structure and function in tropical coastal estuaries drive geochemical processes in response to climate
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Toward an understanding of residential water conservation behaviors on Oahu

SPONSOR:
National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program

PROJECT PERIOD:
3/1/2015 – 2/28/2016

ABSTRACT:
More than half the world’s populations live in urban metropolitan areas with growth in the urban sector forecasted to continue (United Nations, Department of Economic and
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2015 WRRC Capacity Building and Science Communications for Groundwater Sustainability Work in American Samoa

SPONSOR:
National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program

PROJECT PERIOD:
3/1/2015 – 2/28/2016

ABSTRACT:
The sustainability of groundwater use on Tutuila, the main island in American Samoa, is currently in question. Water demand is increasing and the island’s aquifers are
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Second Conference on Water Resource Sustainability Issues on Tropical Islands

SPONSOR:
National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program

PROJECT PERIOD:
2015

ABSTRACT:

Island communities are faced with a unique set of environmental and cultural issues pertinent to the management of water resources. Fresh water resources are under threat on many
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WRRC workshop in American Samoa

SPONSOR:
National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program

PROJECT PERIOD:
3/1/2014 – 2/28/2016

ABSTRACT:

The Water Resources Research Center at University of Hawaii started to administer the State Water Resources Research Program for American Samoa in 2013. It was proposed
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Tsunami Observer Program

SPONSOR:
Department of Defense, State of Hawaii (Civil Defense Division)

PROJECT PERIOD:
03/01/2010-ongoing

ABSTRACT:

The mission of the Tsunami Observer Program (TOP) is to obtain accurate measurements of water run-up (elevation above mean sea level) and inundation distances resulting from tsunami waves for
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Forecasting Climate Change Impacts on Watershed-Based Ecosystem Services in Hawaii: A Participatory Modeling Approach

SPONSOR:
National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program

PROJECT PERIOD:
3/1/2013 – 2/28/2014

ABSTRACT:

Hawaii’s watersheds have been and will continue to be degraded due to anthropogenic climate change, particularly in terms of habitat alteration for native, threatened, and endangered
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Assessing Sustainability of Groundwater Resources Under Future Climate Change Conditions

SPONSOR:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the East-West Center (EWC)

PROJECT PERIOD:
9/1/2012 – 8/31/2013

ABSTRACT:

Ground water is the primary source of municipal water on most developed islands in the Pacific, and yet the reliability of water supplies on all
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Promoting Water Sustainability Literacy

SPONSOR:
National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program

PROJECT PERIOD:
3/1/2012 – 5/2/2012

ABSTRACT:

The purpose of this project was to articulate and disseminate both the challenges to, and importance of, sustainability of freshwater supplies at a Water Forum that
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Satisfying Growing Water Demand Through Integrated Groundwater and Watershed Management

SPONSOR:
National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program

PROJECT PERIOD:
3/1/2012 – 2/28/2013

ABSTRACT:

This research extended the traditional groundwater economics management model to include climate change and watershed conservation planning, and in doing so, improved assessments of the current
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Island Director’s Workshop/Conference

SPONSOR:
National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program

PROJECT PERIOD:
3/1/2011 – 2/28/2014

ABSTRACT:

Tropical islands are expected to see population growth into the coming decades. This rise in population in a changing climatic regime will stress the available water
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Reshaping the Regulatory Framework for Hawaii Aquaculture – Water Quality Standards, Coastal Fishponds, and Shellfish Grounds

SPONSOR:
National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program

PROJECT PERIOD:
3/1/2011 – 2/28/2013

ABSTRACT:

The goal of our seed grant project was to establish a broad-based, collaborative effort to promulgate new water quality regulations that would provide for greater community
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Development of Online Training in Fisheries and Aquaculture Program (OTFAP) for Hawaii and the Pacific Basin

SPONSOR:
NOAA

PROJECT PERIOD:
9/01/09 – 8/31/10

ABSTRACT:

The Online Training in Fisheries and Aquaculture Program OTFAP was designed to provide a flexible framework within which students tailor a degree program to their particular research interests and career goals. Our objective was to
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Sustainable Management of Agroecological Resources for Tribal Societies (SMARTS)

SPONSOR:
SANREM

PROJECT PERIOD:
11/01/09 – 10/31/14

ABSTRACT:

Traditional agriculture in tribal and ethnic agricultural societies in India and Nepal is increasingly relegated to less productive land, often on steepslopes, resulting in lower productivity, degradation of soil and water resources, impairment of health
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Tsunami Observer Program

SPONSOR:
Department of Defense, State of Hawaii (Civil Defense Division)

PROJECT PERIOD:
03/01/2010-ongoing

ABSTRACT:

The mission of the Tsunami Observer Program (TOP) is to obtain accurate measurements of water run-up (elevation above mean sea level) and inundation distances resulting from tsunami waves for
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Integrated Management of Multiple Aquifers in the Face of Climate Change Research

SPONSOR:
WRRIP 2008

PROJECT PERIOD:
03/01/08 – 02/28/09

ABSTRACT:

We proposed an intertemporal and spatial optimization model to derive an efficient pricing scheme for the integrated water system of Southern Oahu. Welfare gains from this scheme were analyzed and compared to those associated
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Efficient Water Management and Block Pricing for Integrated Aquifers: Lessons from Southern Oahu

SPONSOR:
WRRIP 2007

PROJECT PERIOD:
03/01/07 – 02/28/08

ABSTRACT:

We used an intertemporal and spatial optimization process to derive an efficient pricing scheme for the integrated water system of Southern Oahu, accounting for above-ground and subsurface transfers. Welfare gains from this scheme were
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Coastal Groundwater Management in the Presence of Positive Stock Externalities

SPONSOR:
National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program

PROJECT PERIOD:
9/1/2005 – 8/31/2008

ABSTRACT:
The nearshore marine environment of Hawai‘i is a major recreational and ecological resource that supports indigenous fish and marine vegetation. Freshwater discharge from groundwater aquifers mixes
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Integrated Management of Multiple Aquifers in the Face of Climate Change Research

SPONSOR:
WRRIP 2008

PROJECT PERIOD:
3/1/2005 – 2/28/2006

ABSTRACT:
We provided a general model of groundwater optimization over space and time, allowing for growing demand and a backstop resource. The model was used to compare resource allocation and welfare under efficient groundwater management
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A Win-Win Approach to Water Pricing and Watershed Conservation

SPONSOR:
U.S. Geological Survey

PROJECT PERIOD:
3/1/2003 – 2/28/2005

ABSTRACT:
An integrated model of water pricing and watershed conservation was developed. The benefits of adopting the efficient integrated policy were compared to the status quo policy of under-pricing water and under-maintaining the watershed
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Assessment and Protection Plan for the Nawiliwili Watershed

SPONSOR:
State Health

PROJECT PERIOD:
10/01/01 – 08/31/04

ABSTRACT:

Help us identify sources of pollution in Nawiliwili Bay: Fill out our survey – CLICK HERE

A team of researchers from the University of Hawaii’s Water Resrources Research Center (WRRC) worked on an EPA/DOH-sponsored
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Tropical Indicators Scientific Workshop

SPONSOR:
US EPA

PROJECT PERIOD:
08/16/00 – 08/15/02

ABSTRACT:
The goal of this study was to invite selected water quality experts to hold a two-day workshop in Hawaii for the purpose of completing several objectives:

To scientifically evaluate the findings and available data
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Tropical Indicators Scientific Workshop

SPONSOR:
US EPA

PROJECT PERIOD:
08/16/00 – 08/15/02

ABSTRACT:
The goal of this study was to invite selected water quality experts to hold a two-day workshop in Hawaii for the purpose of completing several objectives:

To scientifically evaluate the findings and available data dealing with the presence
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