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[VIDEO] Shiv Sharma and Anupam Misra on ThinkTech Hawaii

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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 »

Achieving Smart Growth in ‘Ewa, Hawai‘i

Rendering of Kapolei

A University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant) article on smart growth and community design in ‘Ewa, Hawaiʻi, is the featured story on the National Sea Grant Office website.  View the full article here. “What we do on land directly impacts the ocean, making sustainable development critical to coastal ocean health,” said Kathryn R. MacDonald, communications specialist in the National ... Read More »

Paths of possible debris from storm surge of super typhoon Haiyan

Paths of possible debris from storm surge of super typhoon Haiyan

Images of the storm surge from super typhoon Haiyan as it struck the city of Tacloban on November 8 awaken memories of the tsunami devastation in Japan a little over 2½ years ago. How much and what kind of debris the storm surge washed into the ocean is not yet known. Should such debris have been generated, however, a large ... Read More »

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