Climate Change

Small islands, whether located in the tropics or higher latitudes, have characteristics which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events (very high confidence) ♦  Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate inundation, storm surge, erosion and other coastal hazards, thus threatening vital infrastructure, settlements and facilities that support the livelihood of island communities (very high confidence). ♦  There is strong evidence that under most climate change scenarios, water resources in small islands are likely to be seriously compromised (very high confidence). ♦  It is very likely that subsistence and commercial agriculture on small islands will be adversely affected by climate change (high confidence). IPCC 4th Assessment Report, 2007

Development of drought and salt tolerant varieties using in vitro and in vivo methods
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 14:53
This component seeks to identify methodology that can assist in screening diversity for these traits and to utilize in vitro technology to determine if tolerances can be improved. To date a Masters student has been engaged to work on the salinity of Cyrtosperma merkusii (swamp taro). This work is in collaboration with SOPAC.