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Lecture: Effects of Climate Change in Hawai’i and Why We Should Care
Dr. Chip Fletcher will be giving a lecture titled, “Effects of Climate Change in Hawai’i and Why We Should Care,” on April 29th. Check back soon for more details on time and location.
Dr. Chip Fletcher is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Geology and
Geophysics at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of
Hawai?i at Manoa.
Dr. Fletchers research focuses on observing and modeling coastal system evolution under past,
present and future sea level change. His work includes effects related to the El Niño Southern
Oscillation, human impacts, seasonal coastal processes, and storm-related impacts.
He heads a small research team of graduate students, technicians, and post-doctoral scholars who
are currently involved in modeling the impacts of future sea level rise among the roads,
communities, and environments on Kauai, Maui, and Oahu. The team has expertise in mapping
and modeling shoreline change including coastal erosion, wave impacts, groundwater inundation,
and static marine flooding. Data from the team’s coastal erosion studies are used by the counties
of Kauai and Maui for administering the coastal setback law, and by the City and County of
Honolulu and the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources for evaluating
coastal permit applications and other shoreline activities.
Chip teaches graduate and undergraduate courses emphasizing Earth Science, Climate Change on
Pacific Islands, and Coastal Geology; and he has been principal advisor in the awarding of over
20 graduate degrees. In 2011 he was awarded the University of Hawai‘i Chancellor’s Citation for
Meritorious Teaching (his second), and he was recognized in 2011 by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency with an Environmental Achievement Award in Climate Change Science.
Chip has over 100 scientific publications to his record and recently published three books:
• Living on the Shores of Hawaii: Natural Hazards, the Environment, and Our
Communities, (2011, University of Hawai’i Press);
• Physical Geology: The Science of Earth (2nd Ed., 2014, J. Wiley& Sons);
• Climate Change: What the Science Tells Us (2013, J. Wiley& Sons).
For his work in service to government agencies and public groups, he was the 2006 recipient of
the Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award for Faculty Service to the Community
given by the University of Hawai?i, Board of Regents. He has also received (2001) the Robert W.
Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service.