UH Manoa chancellor appoints climate commission

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Gregg Takayama, (808) 382-3212
Office of the Chancellor
Posted: Feb 13, 2007

HONOLULU - A 15-member blue-ribbon panel that includes top scientists and environmental experts of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa will study the impact of climate change and global warming on Hawai‘i, and recommend strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Hawaiian Islands and from the Manoa campus.

"I am appointing the Mānoa Climate Change Commission as a means of demonstrating our commitment to action that mitigates climate change and its consequences for Hawai'i," says Interim Chancellor Denise Eby Konan.

"Temperature increases and consequential sea level rises will have a particularly drastic impact on Hawai'i's ecosystems and standards of living. Our Mānoa campus has a special responsibility for leadership in this area because we possess both the needed scientific expertise and cultural affinity with our natural environment," she said.

The Commission Chair is Lorenz Magaard, Director of the International Center for Climate and Society, Executive Associate Director of the International Pacific Research Center, and Professor of Oceanography in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

Commission Members include:

  • Denise Antolini, Director, Environmental Law Program, and Professor of Environmental Law, William S. Richardson School of Law

  • Roger Babcock, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

  • Makena Coffman, Graduate Student, Economics

  • Gordon Grau, Director of Sea Grant College Program, and Professor of Zoology, College of Natural Sciences

  • David Karl, Professor of Oceanography, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

  • Kim Kido, Undergraduate Student, Engineering

  • Stephen Meder, Director, Center for Smart Building and Community Design, and Assistant Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture

  • Peter Mouginis-Mark, Interim Director, Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, and Interim Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering

  • Richard Rocheleau, Director, Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute

  • James Roumasset, Professor of Economics, College of Social Sciences

  • Thomas Schroeder, Director, Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, and Associate Professor of Meteorology, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

  • Kapua Sproat, Acting Director, Environmental Law Program, and Visiting Assistant Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law

  • Terrence Surles, Researcher, Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute

  • Mary Tiles, Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Humanities, and Chair, UH Manoa Sustainability Council

For more information, visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu