During a presentation at The Potomac Institute, Dr. Victoria Keener, Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, assessed the state of climate knowledge, its impacts, and adaptive capacity in the Pacific region. She highlighted the critical importance of accurate and consistent data collection on climate change and focused on impacts to disaster preparedness, national security, food and water security, and immigration.  Underinvestment in the systems that gather data on climate in the Pacific region weakens research.  This in turn impacts the predictability profiles that affect food and water security, which can result in increased numbers of climate migrants.  It also makes it more difficult to get policymakers the information needed to make decisions on how to address the effects of climate change.  Partnerships between scientists and decision makers are crucial to understand the impacts of climate change. 

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