Climate Change and Biodiversity in Melanesia Project

New datasets on projected climate change impacts in Melanesia have been posted on the Climate Change and Biodiversity in Melanesia (CCBM) project website (http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/ccbm/). CCBM is a joint project led by Bishop Museum and Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) along with the Pacific Science Association (PSA) and Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance (IPCA), and is an 18-month project funded by the MacArthur Foundation. The geographic scope of the project includes Papua New Guinea and Indonesia’s Papua Province, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Fiji. The new datasets include information on projected sea-surface and land temperature changes, changes in rainfall distribution and intensity, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, and other information critical to understanding impending changes in the next 90 years. Also newly available are a series of White Paper reports on climate change and biodiversity, written by scientific experts on the various topics and commissioned by the CCBM project. More information, including a synthesis White Paper, will continue to be added to the website in the near future, and DVDs with the full array of information will be sent to important stakeholders in the near future.

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