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UH Mānoa receives funding to evaluate ocean observing technologies

Back row, left to right, Melissa Iwamoto PacIOOS director, Daniel Schar Co-PI for ACT, Gordon Walker Oceanographic Technician for PacIOOS and ACT, Professor Margaret McManus Co-PI for ACT and center, Ruth Gates, director of HIMB.

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

Anela Akiona

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

David Karl, left, and Edward DeLong

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

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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

Diver, lead author Richard Pyle, and HURL’s submersible explore deep reefs. (photo credit: Robert K. Whitton)

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

NOAA’s San Francisco tide gauge station, one of the world’s longest records of ocean water level.

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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Symposium on climate displacement, migration and relocation to be held in Honolulu

Flooding in the Marshall Islands, March 2016.

Residents in Hawaiʻi, Alaska and the Pacific Islands are on the front lines of the impacts of climate change, and moving to a safer location is one of many adaptation responses that communities are considering. A symposium in Honolulu this December aims to address legal and policy challenges and questions surrounding climate displacement and relocation. The effects of climate change, especially …

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UH and Conservation International dive on unexplored seamounts near Hawaiʻi

Pisces V at the edge of Loihi’s pit crater. (credit: HURL/CI)

The Pacific Ocean has by far the largest number of seamounts, distinct features of volcanic origin that rise off the seafloor but do not break the surface, of any ocean on the planet. Earlier this month, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) teamed up with the non-profit group Conservation International (CI) to dive on seamounts near Hawaiʻi—two of which have …

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Environmental Protection Agency awards $132,000 to graduate student for coral reef research

Collecting seawater and suspended food sources available to reef corals. Credit: K. Steward

Chris Wall, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa marine biology doctoral candidate was selected for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellowship program. With this honor, Wall received a $132,000 award to support his research on the impacts of near-shore stressors, such as nutrient pollution, and global stressors, such as rising seawater temperature, on coral reefs. “While …

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Indian Ocean sea level on the rise according to new study

Changes in ocean height in the Indian Ocean (2004-2014). Darker reds indicate faster rate of rise.

A new paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research shows that sea level rise in the northern Indian Ocean rose twice as fast as the global average since 2003. This represents a stark contrast to the previous decade when the region experienced very little sea level rise at all. The science team led by Philip Thompson, associate director of the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Level …

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