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Climate Analysis in 'Ohi'a Dieback Area on the Island of Hawai'i

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Title:Climate Analysis in 'Ohi'a Dieback Area on the Island of Hawai'i
Authors:Evenson, William E.
Date Issued:Oct 1983
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Evenson WE. 1983. Climate analysis in 'Ohi'a dieback area on the Island of Hawai'i. Pac Sci 37(4): 375-384.
Abstract:Studies of climatic fluctuations on the island of Hawai'i have
been undertaken using data from 113 climatological stations on the windward
slopes of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea. Both monthly rainfall and
mean monthly air temperature data have been analyzed for periods ranging
up to 91 yr. In addition, an estimation scheme for mean monthly air temperatures
on the island of Hawai'i has been developed. The climate diagram technique
of Walter (1971) has been used to relate rainfall and temperature. Annual
climate diagrams have been compared to median climate diagrams as an index
of periods of relative drought or wetness. Highly significant spatial uniformity
in climate fluctuation patterns is found over the study area. The resulting
patterns are discussed in relation to observed patterns of '6hi'a (Metrosideros
polymorpha) dieback in this area of Hawai'i.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 37, Number 4, 1983

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