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NOAA’S Sentinel Site Program and Habitat Blue Print: From observation to stewardship, Hawaii

Summary / Description


The NOAA Sentinel Site Program, Hawaiian Islands Cooperative is working to coordinate NOAA offices and to build partnerships with other federal and local partners to address issues related to climate change.  The Cooperative is a compilation of sites that includes Midway and French Frigate Shoals in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, He‘eia on the island of O‘ahu, and a portion Hawai‘i Island. (

Habitat Blueprint, like the Sentinel Site Program, is an effort to coordinate NOAA’s efforts, only instead of focusing on climate change, it focuses on addressing coastal and marine habitat loss and degradation.

The NOAA efforts overlap on the island of Hawai‘i, in the north Kona and south Kohala region.  Addressing habitat loss at this scale requires NOAA’s entire expertise portfolio – from science to management to outreach. The first step is determining what work is being done, where gaps exist, and what can be done to address those gaps.  The successful applicant will assist in efforts led by local, state, and federal partners as well as non-profit organizations active in the area, in particular The Nature Conservancy.

Significant work has been undertaken to map the on-going work in the geography.  A portion of the internship will be to classify and ensure that the work is cohesive and functioning.  A second part of the internship will be migrating the NOAA maps and data to the servers at PacIOOS.  PacIOOS (the Pacific Integrated Ocean Observing System) is the regional observing program for the Pacific,

The intern will learn some of the latest work being undertaken in mapping and data classification and work with both NOAA and PacIOOS.

Skills Required

  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS
  • Data management skills
  • Ability to fulfill multiple concurrent objectives and pay attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently

Other Information

Internship Location: NOAA offices, Honolulu, HI

Intern Supervisor: Douglas Harper / Number of slots available: 1

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