Climate Science Champions Season 3: Mari-Vaughn Johnson, Center Director (AD)
As the leader of the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center, Mari-Vaughn Johnson brings USGS science to communities in the Pacific Islands, her ohana, to help address the unique climate challenges in their region.
Pacific Islands are some of the first communities to experience devastating effects of climate change, from low-lying atolls flooded by sea level rise to Hawai’ian coral reefs bleached by ocean acidification. Yet these communities are often left out of the conversation for how to mitigate and respond to climate change.
Mari-Vaughn Johnson, Director/Regional Administrator for the USGS Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center, brings scientists together with local communities in Hawai’i and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. This work merges community-based knowledge, Indigenous Knowledges, and Western science to develop meaningful strategies for responding to climate challenges in the region.
Music: “Bahama Breeze” by Sarah, the Illstrumentalist and “Arild Was Here” by Larry Poppins, used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
Additional footage used with permission from Envato Elements.