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Climate Change in the Federated States of Micronesia

Hawai’i Sea Grant

This study is an outgrowth of concern over the vulnerability of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to sea-level rise and drought associated
with climate change. The purpose is to identify climate risk and options in the FSM.
The FSM is an oceanic nation of over 600 islands
in the western tropical Pacific. Land varies from low-lying, forested atoll islets, typically 1 to 5 meter elevation (low islands), to densely vegetated and extinct shield volcanoes of several hundred meters elevation (high islands). The population lives in the coastal zone and is vulnerable to
climate-related changes in precipitation, sea level, storms, and coastal erosion.
Study partners include: US Forest Service; US Geological Survey; Federated States of Micronesia; and University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program.

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