Vulnerability of Hawaiian Forest Birds to Climate Change

Summary

Future changes in rainfall across the Hawaiian Islands will affect natural habitats and hydrology as well as human agriculture, drinking water access, and development. Accurate rainfall projections at appropriate scales will be vital for adaptation and resilience planning. Our work suggests that there will be a general drying trend with large amounts of local and seasonal variation, and an increasing contrast between wet and dry regions on each island, and provides projections at a much finer spatial scale than has historically been available. This represents a basis for ecological impact modelers and natural resource managers to conceptualize scenarios for climate adaptation.

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