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2011 Ka‘ahahui o ka Nāhelehele Dryland Symposium

2011_1: Dr. Jon Price"Climate Change and Hawaii's Dry Forests: Lessons from the Past - Hope for the Future"

The stage for the 2011 Dryland Forest Symposium was set by Dr. Jon Price, University of Hawai’i Hilo, who talked about climate change and Hawai’i’s dry forests. Hawaii is already experiencing rapid climate shifts in temperature. Warming and accompanying changes in rainfall will likely accelerate and affect plants and animals living in Hawaii’s forests. These changes will fundamentally alter the capacity of Hawaiian ecosystems to support future generations and have dramatic impacts on the economic, cultural and social well-being of Hawaii’s citizens. Price discussed the direction of climate change and its potential effects on the range of dry forest, as well as possibilities for pre-emptive restoration in habitat that may be suitable for dry forest communities in the future.

This talk was presented at the fifth annual 2011 Nahelehele Dryland Forest Symposium: "Facing Change" on February 25th, 2011 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The symposium highlight dryland forest ecology and restoration efforts in Hawai‘i.

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