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A new study concludes warm climate is more sensitive to changes in CO2

It is well-established in the scientific community that increases in atmospheric CO2 levels result in global warming, but the magnitude of the effect may vary depending on average global temperature. A new study, published this week in Science Advances and led by Tobias Friedrich from the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, concludes that warm climates are more sensitive to changes in CO2 levels than cold …

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Undergraduate journal Mānoa Horizons publishes first issue

Mānoa Horizons, a new peer-reviewed academic journal featuring high quality creativity, innovation and research conducted and synthesized by undergraduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has published its first issue this fall. Under the editorship of Christine Beaule, Mānoa Horizons represents a partnership among the UHMānoa’s Honors Program, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and the honors faculty. The journal will be published annually in the fall and …

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Hawaiʻi high school student awarded for developing ocean research methods

Christopher Lindsay, a 17-year-old high school student from Honolulu was recently awarded a $50,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship from the Davidson Institute of Talent Development for his project, Kahakai to Hohonukai: Environmental Studies of Marine Biota Using Underwater Time-Lapse Photography and Multiple Camera Arrays at Various Depths. He is one of only 4 students from across the country to receive this …

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UH Mānoa receives funding to evaluate ocean observing technologies

As part of a national collaboration, researchers at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and Department of Oceanography have been awarded over $1 million to test and evaluate the accuracy and utility of technology used to observe aquatic ecosystems. The HIMB and Department of Oceanography are part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the …

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Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation supports graduate student conservation fellows

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and University of Hawaiʻi Hilo graduate students have been selected as conservation fellows, funded by Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation. These students were chosen because of their strong academic records as undergraduates, their connections to and integration with the local conservation community, their passion for the ʻāina and keen interest in preserving and protecting shared and …

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375 National Academy of Sciences members: Don’t abandon Paris Climate Agreement

On Sept. 20, 2016, 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel Laureates and two University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa oceanographers, published an open letter that draws attention to the serious risks of climate change. The letter also highlights the urgent need to reduce heat-trapping emissions as part of the Paris Agreement. The scientists warn that a …

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Hawaiian language newspaper research presentation

The Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation (IHLRT) presents Ka Wā Ma Mua, Ka Wā Ma Hope (Using the Past to Inform the Present and Future) on October 18, 4 p.m. at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hamilton Library Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, Room 501. This presentation will explore the wealth of knowledge held in the Hawaiian language …

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Extensive deep coral reefs in Hawaiʻi harbor unique species and high coral cover

A team of 16 researchers, including several from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has completed a comprehensive investigation of deep coral reef environments, known as mesophotic coral ecosystems, throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago. The study, published in the open-access journal PeerJ, spanned more than two decades and involved a combination of submersibles operated by the UH Mānoa Hawaiʻi Undersea Research …

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Historical records may underestimate global sea level rise

New research published in Geophysical Research Letters shows that the longest and highest-quality records of historical ocean water levels may underestimate the amount of global average sea level rise that occurred during the 20th century. Philip Thompson, associate director of the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Level Center in the UH MānoaSchool of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, led the …

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