The Effects of Man-Made and Climatic Changes on a Tropical Coastal System: A Comparative Study

dc.contributor.advisor McManus, Margaret Tognacchini, Camilla
dc.contributor.department Oceanography
dc.contributor.department Global Environmental Science 2020-08-18T23:59:48Z 2020-08-18T23:59:48Z 2015
dc.description.course OCN 499 - Undergraduate Thesis
dc.identifier.uri Honolulu
dc.subject biological oceanography
dc.subject climate change
dc.title The Effects of Man-Made and Climatic Changes on a Tropical Coastal System: A Comparative Study
dc.type Thesis
dcterms.abstract Hawaiian coastal waters have been, and continue to be, subject to major anthropogenic impacts from land use changes, which have altered the characteristics of the coastal environment. This study aims to investigate the effects of perturbations in the physical environment of a semienclosed tropical coastal embayment, Heʻeia Fishpond. A two-month time series of in situ measurements within Heʻeia Fishpond captures multiple scales of variability of environmental parameters. Instruments were deployed to observe the effects of invasive mangrove removal, and by fortune, also observed the effects of three tropical storms. We explain the observed environmental variability in terms of local and/or remote forcing, and investigate how physical variability across a range of scales affects in-pond geochemistry and biogeography. As climate change continues to increase sea surface temperatures the frequency of tropical cyclones is projected to increase. It is critical to have an understanding of how increased temperature and rainfall affect our coastal waters. With this understanding, areas like Heʻeia Fishpond can be properly managed to mitigate future climate variability.
dcterms.extent 49 pages
dcterms.language English
dcterms.publisher University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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