Victoria Keener

East-West Center
Research Fellow
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Dr. Victoria Keener is a Research Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai`i, and the Lead Investigator of the NOAA sponsored Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (Pacific RISA) program. Dr. Keener received her PhD in Agricultural & Biological Engineering from the University of Florida, specializing in hydroclimatology and practical applications of climate science for regional decision makers. The Pacific RISA program strives to enhance knowledge and capacity to sustainably manage freshwater resources in Hawai`i and the Pacific Islands. Projects include producing downscaled climate and hydrological projections to estimate future water availability; assessing stakeholders’ decision-support needs and their capacity to use seasonal forecasts; identifying opportunities for adaptive measures within the existing law and policy framework in Hawai`i; identifying factors driving climate induced human migration; and quantifying ecosystem goods and services impacted by climate variability and change. She is the Lead Editor and a Chapter Author for the 2012 Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA) report, the regional technical input to the US 2014 National Climate Assessment.