Ocean Tipping Points – Hawaiʻi Case Study

Photographer - Greg McFall/ONMS

Description - Milletseed butterflyfishes and snorkeler near surface, taken
in 2009 in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument 

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Ocean Tipping Points – Hawaiʻi Case Study

Data from the Ocean Tipping Points Hawaiʻi Case Study are now available for download on the PacIOOS website. The Ocean Tipping Points Project aims to support effective ecosystem-based management by providing resource managers and practitioners with tools to anticipate, avoid, and respond to coral reef change in Hawaiʻi and beyond. Ocean tipping points occur when shifts in human pressures or environmental conditions cause large, sometimes abrupt changes in an ecosystem. More than 40 data layers were developed, showing the influence of environmental factors and human-based activities on coral reef ecosystems across Hawaiʻi. Users can download data layers in various formats, find metadata, and explore all layers in an interactive map viewer. The project pages also offer information about the Hawaiʻi case study, its value, project findings, and partners involved in the study.

Ocean Tipping Points Map Viewer

Various data layers from the Ocean Tipping Point Hawaiʻi Case Study can be viewed and downloaded.

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PacIOOS is the first regional association that was certified as a Regional Information Coordination Entity (RICE) by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Certification provides NOAA and its interagency partners a means to verify that a regional association’s organizational and operational practices, including data management, meet recognized and established standards set by NOAA.