Understanding the climate-sensitive decisions and information needs of island communities

Melissa L. Finucane, Victoria W. Keener

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Climate variability and change present significant challenges for island communities in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. Understanding how climate science can be useful for island communities requires knowledge of decision-makers, their climate-sensitive decisions, and the context in which the decisions are being made. In this paper we report on an interdisciplinary research and outreach effort called the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment. We describe potential impacts from the changing climate for island communities, including food and water security, disaster preparedness, human migration and national security. We highlight transferable lessons learned related to building resiliency, engaging innovative leadership and supporting integrated research and outreach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-120
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Indian Ocean Region
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • climate change
  • decision-making
  • integrated methods
  • island communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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