Christopher Wada

UHERO Research Economist

Education

Ph.D., Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2010

M.A., Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2007

B.A., Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2005

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Engels, J., Watson, S., Dulai, H., Burnett, K.M., Wada, C.A., Aga, A., DeMaagd, N., McHugh, J., Sumida, B., Bremer, L.L., 2020. Collaborative research to support urban agriculture in the face of change: The case of the Sumida watercress farm on O’ahu. PLoS ONE 15, e0235661.

Burnett, K.M., Elshall, A.S., Wada, C.A., Arik, A., El-Kadi, A., Voss, C.I., Delevaux, J.M.S., Bremer, L.L., 2020. Incorporating Historical Spring Discharge Protection Into Sustainable Groundwater Management: A Case Study From Pearl Harbor Aquifer, Hawai’i. Frontiers in Water 2, 14.

Elshall, A., Arik, A.D., El-Kadi, A.I., Pierce, S., Ming, Y., Burnett, K., Wada, C., Bremer, L., Chun, G., 2020. Groundwater sustainability: A review of the interactions between science and policy. Environmental Research Letters (forthcoming).

Pongkijvorasin, S., Wada, C.A., Burnett, K.M., 2020. Optimal multi-instrument management of interrelated resources and a groundwater dependent ecosystemJournal of Environmental Management 269, 110723. 

Endress, L.H., Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A., 2020. Do Natural Disasters Make Sustainable Growth Impossible? Economics of Disasters and Climate Change 4, 319-345.

Wada, C.A., Pongkijvorasin, S., Burnett, K.M., 2020. Mountain-to-sea ecological-resource management: forested watershed, coastal aquifers, and groundwater dependent ecosystems. Resource and Energy Economics 59, 101146.

Bremer, L.L., Wada, C.A., Medoff, S., Page, J., Falinski, K., Burnett, K.M., 2019. Contributions of native forest protection to local water supplies in East Maui. Science of the Total Environment 688, 1422-1432.

Taniguchi, M., Burnett, K., Shimada, J., Hosono, T., Wada, C., Ide, K., 2019. Recovery of Lost Nexus Synergy via Payment for Environmental Services in Kumamoto, Japan. Frontiers in Environmental Science 7, 28.

Burnett, K.M., Ticktin, T., Bremer, L.L., Quazi, S.A., Geslani, C., Wada, C.A., Kurashima, N., Mandle, L., Pascua, P., Depraetere, T., Wolkis, D., Edmonds, M., Giambelluca, T., Falinski, K., Winter, K.B., 2019. Restoring to the future: Environmental, cultural, and management trade-offs in historical versus hybrid restoration of a highly modified ecosystemConservation Letters 12, e12606.

Bremer, L.L., Falinski, K., Ching, C., Wada, C.A., Burnett, K.M., Kukea-Shultz, K., Reppun, N., Chun, G., Oleson, K.L.L., Ticktin, T., 2018. Biocultural Restoration of Traditional Agriculture: Cultural, Environmental, and Economic Outcomes of Lo’i Kalo Restoration in He’eia, O’ahu. Sustainability 10, 4502.

Burnett, K.M., Wada, C.A., Taniguchi, M., Sugimoto, R., Tahara, D., 2018. Evaluating the Tradeoffs between Groundwater Pumping for Snow-Melting and Nearshore Fishery Productivity in Obama City, Japan. Water 10, 1556.

Leary, J., Mahnken, B., Wada, C., Burnett, K., 2018. Interpreting Life History Traits of Miconia (Miconia calvescens) through Management over Space and Time in the East Maui Watershed, Hawaii (USA). Invasive Plant Science and Management 11, 191-200.

Bremer, L.L., Mandle, L., Trauernicht, C., Pascua, P., McMillen, H.L., Burnett, K., Wada, C.A., Kurashima, N., Quazi, S.A., Giambelluca, T., Chock, P., Ticktin, T., 2018. Bringing multiple values to the table: assessing future land-use and climate change in North Kona, Hawai’i. Ecology and Society 23, 33.

Pongkijvorasin, S., Burnett, K., Wada, C., 2018. Joint Management of an Interconnected Coastal Aquifer and Invasive TreeEcological Economics 146, 125-135.

Wada, C.A., Bremer, L.L., Burnett, K., Trauernicht, C., Giambelluca, T., Mandle, L., Parsons, E., Weil, C., Kurashima, N., Ticktin, T., 2017. Estimating Cost-Effectiveness of Hawaiian Dry Forest Restoration Using Spatial Changes in Water Yield and Landscape Flammability Under Climate Change. Pacific Science 71, 401-424.

Burnett, K., Wada, C., Balderston, A., 2017. Benefit-cost analysis of watershed conservation on Hawai’i IslandEcological Economics 131, 262-274.

Burnett, K., Wada, C., Endo, A., Taniguchi, M., 2017. The economic value of groundwater in Obama. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 11, 44-52.

Endo, A., Burnett, K., Orencio, P.M., Kumazawa, T., Wada, C.A., Ishii, A., Tsurita, I., Taniguchi, M., 2015. Methods of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. Water 7, 5806-5830.

Roumasset, J., Wada, C.A., 2015. Payments for Watershed Services as Adaptation to Climate Change: Upstream Conservation and Downstream Aquifer Management. Water Economics and Policy 1, 1450003.

Roumasset, J., Wada, C.A., 2014. Energy, Backstop Endogeneity, and the Optimal Use of Groundwater. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96, 1363-1371.

Burnett, K., Wada. C.A., 2014. Optimal groundwater management when recharge is declining: a method for valuing the recharge benefits of watershed conservation. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies 16, 263-278.

Endress, L., Pongkijvorasin, S., Roumasset, J., Wada, C.A., 2014. Intergenerational equity with individual impatience in a model of optimal and sustainable growthResource and Energy Economics 36, 620-635.

Burnett, K., Endress, L., Ravago, M.-L., Roumasset, J., Wada, C.A., 2014. Islands of sustainability in time and space. International Journal of Sustainable Society 6, 9-27.

Roumasset, J., Wada, C.A., 2013. A dynamic approach to PES pricing and finance of interlinked ecosystem services: Watershed conservation and groundwater managementEcological Economics 87, 24-33.

Burnett, K., D’Evelyn, S., Loope, L., Wada, C.A., 2012. An economic approach to assessing import policies designed to prevent the arrival of invasive species: the case of Puccinia psidii in Hawai’iEnvironmental Science & Policy 19-20, 158-168.

Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A., 2012. Ordering the extraction of renewable resources: The case of multiple aquifers. Resource and Energy Economics 34, 112-128.

Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A., 2011. Ordering Renewable Resources: Groundwater, Recycling, and Desalination. The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 11, Contributions, Article 28.

Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A., 2010. Optimal and Sustainable Groundwater Extraction. Sustainability 2, 2676-2685

Book Chapters

Lewis, D., Wada, C.A., Burnett, K.M., Leary, J., Mahnken, B., 2020. Evaluating Protection Strategies for an Invasive Plant Species: Miconia calvescens. In: Pullaiah, T. (Ed.), Invasive Alien Species, Wiley (forthcoming).

Burnett, K., Wada, C.A., 2018. Accounting for Externalities in the Water Energy Food Nexus. In: Endo, A., Oh, T. (Eds.), The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Human-Environmental Security in the Asia-Pacific Ring of Fire, pp. 261-272, Singapore: Springer.

Endo, A., Kumazawa, T., Burnett, K., Ishii, A., Tsurita, I., Wada, C.A., Kato, T., Yamada, M., Orencio, P., 2018. An Interdisciplinary Approach for Water-Energy-Food Nexus. In: Endo, A., Oh, T. (Eds.), The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Human-Environmental Security in the Asia-Pacific Ring of Fire, pp. 289-299, Singapore: Springer.

Burnett, K., Pongkijvorasin, S., Roumasset, J., Wada, C.A., 2015. Incentivizing interdependent resource management: watersheds, groundwater, and coastal ecology. In: Dinar, A., Schwabe, K. (Eds.), Handbook of Water Economics, pp. 150-161, Cheltenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Burnett, K., Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A., 2015. The good, bad, and ugly of watershed management. In: Burnett, K., Howitt, R., Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Water Economics and Institutions, pp. 100-110, Oxford and New York: Routledge.

Jandoc, K., Howitt, R., Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A., 2015. Institutions for managing ground and surface water and the theory of the second-best. In: Burnett, K., Howitt, R., Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Water Economics and Institutions, pp. 165-180, Oxford and New York: Routledge.

Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A., 2015. Integrating demand-management with development of supply-side substitutes. In: Burnett, K., Howitt, R., Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Water Economics and Institutions, pp. 50-60, Oxford and New York: Routledge.

Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A., 2015. Ordering extraction from multiple aquifers. In: Burnett, K., Howitt, R., Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Water Economics and Institutions, pp. 40-49, Oxford and New York: Routledge.

Burnett, K.M., Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A., 2015. Optimal Joint Management of Interdependent Resources: Groundwater versus Kiawe (Prosopis pallida). In: Balisacan, A.M., Chakravorty, U., Ravago, M.-L.V. (Eds.), Sustainable Economic Development: Resources, Environment and Institutions, pp. 91-104, Oxford: Academic Press.

Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A., 2015. Integrated Groundwater Resource Management. In: Balisacan, A.M., Chakravorty, U., Ravago, M.-L.V. (Eds.), Sustainable Economic Development: Resources, Environment and Institutions, pp. 77-89, Oxford: Academic Press.

Roumasset, J., Wada, C.A., 2014. Groundwater economics. In: Whitehead, J., Haab, T. (Eds.), Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: An Encyclopedia, pp. 166-169, Santa Barbara: Greenwood.

Roumasset, J.A., Wada, C.A., 2013. Economics of Groundwater. In: Shogren, J.F. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Energy, Natural Resource, and Environmental Economics, vol. 2, pp. 10-21, Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Sumida farm

Incorporating Historical Spring Discharge Protection into Sustainable Groundwater Management: A Case Study from Pearl Harbor Aquifer, Hawai‘i

By Kimberly Burnett, Ahmed Elshall, Christopher Wada, Aida Arik, Aly El-Kadi, Clifford Voss, Jade Delevaux, and Leah Bremer The value of considering a range of …

Mountain to sea resource management to protect groundwater dependent ecosystems

By Christopher Wada, Kimberly Burnett, and Sittidaj Ponkijvorasin In Hawai‘i and other parts of the world, native forest and valuable linked natural resources are being …

Positive net benefits for an agricultural import rule designed to protect native Hawaiian forests

Photo by Forest & Kim Starr By Kimberly Burnett and Christopher Wada Since its first documented introduction to Hawai‘i in 2005, the rust fungus Puccinia psidii has …