The research group applies formal economic analysis to the study of Hawaii's key environmental issues, such as pollution control, water allocation and pricing, and control of invasive species
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UHERO’s Project Environment applies formal economic analysis to the study of Hawaii’s priority environmental challenges, including energy policy, climate change adaptation, coastal and watershed management, water allocation and pricing, and policy design for the control of invasive species.
Led by Dr. Kimberly Burnett and Dr. Makena Coffman, this research group undertakes research that articulates interactions between Hawaii’s natural environment, use of energy and greenhouse gas emissions, and the state economy. Specific applications in natural resource management include allocating scarce water resources, financing watershed conservation, evaluating the benefits of coastal management programs, estimating the value of environmental resource conservation, designing policies for control of Miconia calvescens and the Brown Treesnake, and constructing methods for measuring sustainable development. Within energy policy, UHERO has a long collaborative relationship with HNEI and has provided economic and regulatory analysis within the State of Hawaii Biofuels Master Plan as well as developed a simulation model of Hawaii’s electric sector and overall economy. The models are used for scenario analysis; for example, in assessing cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions abatement policy mechanisms and ways to achieve Hawaii’s clean energy goals. Project Environment is funded primarily through competitive extramural state and federal grants.
Green GrowthW.E.F. NEXUSTNC Economic Valuation WATERshed CONSERVATION
COASTAL SEES Sees Extension Handbook of Water Economics Optimal Management of a Coastal Aquifer
Costs of HISC SpeciesSEA Grant Water DemandIke WaiMICONIA HBT
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