For the past two decades, the Pacific Ridge-to-Reef Initiative (PRR) has worked with local land managers and government agencies in Hawaii to create bioculturally sustainable conservation and management practices, ensuring that Hawaii’s unique land and ocean ecosystems persist into the future. The PRR team uses remote sensing and targeted field data to map critical metrics of ecosystem health, such as above ground carbon and biodiversity dynamics.
The creation of accurate, high-resolution spatiotemporal maps and predictive models allows the PRR team to provide land managers and government agencies the critical data needed to create conservation policies and management plans. The PRR team works closely with other GDCS programs and labs, such as the Asner Lab, to tackle some of Hawaii’s most pressing environmental issues.
Currently, the PRR team is working with GDCS partners to understand the biodiversity of Hawaiian dry forests, the spread of deadly fungi decimating native Hawaiian trees, and the advance of coral dieback caused primarily by rising ocean temperatures.