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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 »

Website tracks tagged sharks off of Maui

Tiger shark

Scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) completed the first phase of a project to observe the movements of tiger sharks caught and tagged around the island of Maui. In response to an uptick in the number of shark attacks recorded on Maui, the State of Hawaiʻi’s Department of Land and Natural Resources ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Navigating through generations

Haunani Kane

Haunane Kane just graduated with her MS in Coastal Geology at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Along with her applied graduate studies, Kane is also learning a traditional skill and perspective of navigation while sailing with the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Kane is investigating the spatial and temporal effects that sea-level rise may have upon wetlands and other coastal ecosystems. Her ... Read More »

Safety in Numbers? Not so for corals.

Acropora species coral

Traditionally, it was assumed that corals do not face a risk of extinction unless they become very rare or have a very restricted range. A team of scientists from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has revealed that global changes in climate and ocean ... Read More »

Untamed skies: Where science meets humanity [TEDxHonolulu 2013]

Owen Shieh

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa graduate student Owen Shieh is presenting a talk at the TEDxHonolulu event, titled:  “Untamed skies:  Where science meets humanity.” “Centuries of scientific and technological advancements have allowed us to survive the harshest of conditions, but weather remains an untamed force of nature,” said Shieh, a graduate student in the UH Mānoa department of meteorology. “For ... Read More »

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