Pacific Islands-Alaska CASC Collaboration

Parallels across the Pacific

glacier in alaska and coastal mountain, Hawai'i

Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska and Kalalau Valley, Hawai'i

Steep watersheds with dramatic environmental gradients are familiar features of both the Pacific Islands and Southeast Alaska, and both locations are experiencing significant alterations to watershed ecosystems and environmental processes due to climate change.

The Alaska and Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Centers have joined forces to address these similar local challenges together, in a collaboration unique to the CASC network.

Scientists from each region are teaming up to perform cross-regional research, cultural engagement, and synthesis, developing a variety of forums for scientists, managers, and students to jointly explore these systems and exchange knowledge as a means to support community-based climate adaptation.

graphic of coastal mountains showing the connection between ridge to reef on one side and icefield to ocean on the other, with the alaska and pacific islands climate adaptation science center logos