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Battery energy storage for frequency regulation, at Asia-Pacific energy forum

Wind farm

Researchers from the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) and UH Mānoa presented work in several areas at the 2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, which was jointly held with the 2013 Islands & Isolated Communities Congress and International OTEC Symposium at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, September 9-11, 2013. Rick Rocheleau, Director of HNEI, was a speaker in the ... Read More »

Using social media as a tool during disaster

Hurricane illustration

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. Earlier this year, we saw how Twitter and Facebook were both used when Tropical Storm Flossie impacted Maui and when Super Storm Sandy hit the East Coast. More and more, emergency managers are turning to social media as a vital tool during disasters. The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of ... Read More »

[VIDEO] How to launch a 13-ton submarine (Part 1)

Submarine

The Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) specializes in providing scientists with the tools and expertise they need to investigate the undersea environment, including submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, and other cutting edge technologies. This Center, within the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i, is funded through a cooperative agreement from NOAA that began in ... Read More »

Female tiger sharks migrate from Northwestern to Main Hawaiian Islands during fall pupping season

Applying a tag to a shark

A quarter of the mature female tiger sharks plying the waters around the remote coral atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands decamp for the populated Main Hawaiian Islands in the late summer and fall, swimming as far as 2,500 kilometers (1,500 miles) according to new research from University of Florida and the University of Hawaii. Their report is scheduled for ... Read More »

Hawaii’s first Facebook: Library digitizes Honolulu Advertiser’s forerunner

Banner Headline for Pacific Commercial Advertiser

The UH Library has announced new additions to the open-access archive of 19th and early 20th century English language newspapers published in Hawaiʻi, offering a glimpse into the lives of Hawaiʻi residents more than a century ago. The Pacific Commercial Advertiser (PCA), first published in 1856, began as a bilingual weekly with a Hawaiian section, Ka Hoku Loa O Hawaiʻi ... Read More »

Sea-level rise drives shoreline retreat in Hawaii, study reveals

Coastal erosion

Sea-level rise (SLR) has been isolated as a principal cause of coastal erosion in Hawaiʻi. Differing rates of relative SLR on the islands of Oʻahu and Maui remain as the best explanation for the difference in island-wide shoreline trends (that is, beach erosion or accretion) after examining other influences on shoreline change including waves, sediment supply and littoral processes, and ... Read More »

Submarine canyons a source of marine invertebrate diversity, abundance

submarine canyons

Submarine canyons play an important role in maintaining high levels of biodiversity of small invertebrates in the seafloor sediments of the main and northwestern Hawaiian Islands, according to research from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. What’s more, scientists have used this data to draw new connections between the levels of faunal diversity and the heterogeneity of submarine canyon landscapes ... Read More »

Ocean fish acquire more mercury at depth

Anela-opah-auction-web

Mercury—a common industrial toxin—is carried through the atmosphere before settling on the ocean and entering the marine food web. Now, exciting new research from the University of Michigan and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) combines biogeochemistry and direct marine ecology observations to show how the global mercury cycle is colliding ... Read More »

Vassilis Syrmos named VP for Research and Innovation

Vassilis Syrmos

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Vassilis Syrmos has been appointed to serve as the first Vice President for Research and Innovation (VPRI) of the University of Hawai‘i System. The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents approved Symos’ appointment at its meeting today at Windward Community College. UH Board of Regents Chairman John Holzman said, ... Read More »

New method of estimating fish movements underwater

Monitoring Station - Close Up

How do you track a fish? There’s no “Google Maps” for finding fish. The radio signals that are the backbone of traditional GPS cannot pass through seawater. But sound travels remarkably well, so scientists often use acoustic telemetry to estimate an individual fish’s location. That means attaching an acoustic transmitter to a fish and then using a network of stationary ... Read More »

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