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Ecological drought in the Hawaiian Islands: unique tropical systems are vulnerable to droughtAuthor(s): Dave Helweg; Christian Giardina
Source: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Integration & Application Network Newsletter 581
Publication Series: Miscellaneous
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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DescriptionThe Hawaiian Islands are among the most isolated and recently inhabited places on Earth. Discovered by Polynesian voyagers some 1000 years ago, people arrived to find unique wildlife and plants arrayed across a remarkable range of ecosystems. Polynesian settlers relied on traditional methods to cultivate canoe crops across the wide range of climate and soils. Early Hawaiian societies adapted to regular climate variations, including periods of extreme drought. Today, as drought events become more severe, contemporary communities must also learn to adapt.
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CitationHelweg, Dave; Giardina, Christian. 2017. Ecological drought in the Hawaiian Islands: unique tropical systems are vulnerable to drought. University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Integration & Application Network Newsletter 581. 4p.
KeywordsDrought, Hawaii, water resources, services
- Economics and societal considerations of drought
- Density-dependent vulnerability of forest ecosystems to drought
- Characterizing drought for forested landscapes and streams
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