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HURL enables discovery of dramatic long-term shift in Pacific Ocean ecosystem

Hawaiian gold coral

The Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) has enabled scientists to determine that a long-term shift in nitrogen content in the Pacific Ocean has occurred as a result of climate change.   Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of California – Santa Cruz analyzed ... Read More »

New television show: Voice of the Sea on KFVE

Voice of the Sea host and guest

A new television show highlighting ocean and coastal scientists and cultural experts from Hawai‘i and the Pacific is airing on KFVE, The Home Team (Channel 5 and 1005) on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. The show, titled Voice of the Sea, is hosted by Kanesa Duncan Seraphin, world paddleboard champion, shark researcher, and science education expert. Seraphin, director of the University of Hawai‘i ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Michael Bell and Owen Shieh on ThinkTech Hawaii

Michael Bell and Owen Shieh

Two UH Manoa researchers set on building a better understanding of extreme weather and its impact on people were interviewed on Jay Fidell’s ThinkTech Hawaii show on December 23, 2013. Michael Bell, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, brought the Doppler on Wheels research vehicle to Hawaii for its first ever tour of the state in October 2013. His research is focused ... Read More »

It takes a village: Rosie Alegado and coastal microbial communities

Rosie Alegado

Editor’s Note:  Rosie Alegado represents one of a cluster of seven faculty hired as a result of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s former Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw’s initiative to promote multidisciplinary sustainability. This ambitious initiative is aimed at integrating science, engineering, and design into decisions on sustainable development and public policy in coastal communities, with particular focus on developing, engaging, and implementing ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Shiv Sharma and Anupam Misra on ThinkTech Hawaii

Screenshot ThinkTech Hawaii with guest Shiv Sharma and

The capability to analyze and detect the composition of distant samples (minerals, organics, and chemicals) in real time is of interest for detecting explosives, conducting geological surveying, mapping pollution — and perhaps even medical uses. For the past 10 years, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has been developing Raman systems suitable for measuring various chemicals from a safe “standoff” ... Read More »

Antarctic fjords are climate-sensitive hotspots of diversity

Giant bristle worm

Deep inside the dramatic subpolar fjords of Antarctica, researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have discovered an unexpected abundance and diversity at the seafloor. During a recent expedition, UH scientists for the first time studied the seafloor communities of glacier dominated fjords along the west Antarctic Peninsula, a region undergoing very rapid climate warming. The scientists expected to ... Read More »

Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) – The hunt begins

Snowmobile Training

Manavi Jadhav, a postdoctoral scholar in the Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, is one of eight meteorite hunters who has recently landed at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, for the 2013/2014 Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) mission. Writing in the team’s blog on December 6, Jadhav had this to say about their first day at McMurdo: Today was a hectic but ... Read More »

An ecosystem-based approach to protect the deep sea from mining

Starfish in deep sea

Five hundred miles southeast of Hawai‘i, in international waters far out of sight of any land, there are vast mineral resources 5,000 meters below the sea. Manganese nodules, rich in commercially valuable mineral resources including nickel, copper, manganese, cobalt and rare-earth elements, overlay a broad swath of the deep-sea floor. It took millions of years to form these deposits. The ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Giant World War II aircraft-carrying submarine discovered off Oahu coast

Pisces V submarine at I-400 Gun Deck

A World War II-era Imperial Japanese Navy mega-submarine, the I-400, lost since 1946 when it was intentionally scuttled by U.S. forces after its capture, has been discovered in more than 2,300 feet of water off the southwest coast of O‘ahu.  The discovery resolves a decades-old Cold War mystery of just where the lost submarine lay, and recalls a different era ... Read More »

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