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Extreme Pacific sea level events to double in future

Extreme low sea levels occurred during August in parts of the western Pacific associated with the ongoing strong El Niño. Data from AVISO satellite measurements. (credit: Widlansky, et al., 2015)

Many tropical Pacific island nations are struggling to adapt to gradual sea level rise stemming from warming oceans and melting ice caps. Now they may also see much more frequent extreme interannual sea level swings. The culprit is a projected behavioral change of the El Niño phenomenon and its characteristic Pacific wind response, according to recent computer modeling experiments and ...

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[VIDEO] Funding for UH graduate research could produce scientific breakthroughs

Raphael Ritson-Williams

For 40 years, a group of Hawaiʻi women have been quietly working to keep America competitive by supporting some of the University of Hawaiʻi’s brightest graduate students. The Honolulu chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, or ARCS Foundation, has provided more than $2 million in unrestricted grants to UH Mānoa PhD candidates in scientific fields from astronomy to zoology. ...

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New aquatic science curriculum now online

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Science teachers throughout the state and nation now have a website, based on the award-winning Fluid Earth/Living Ocean aquatic science curriculum, where they can investigate, discover, evaluate, communicate and learn about marine science. The Exploring Our Fluid Earth curriculum, which examines coastal and ocean sciences by studying the influence of water on the planet, was developed to be useful to ...

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UH researchers reach North Pole aboard U.S. icebreaker Healy

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy (photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, home-ported in Seattle, arrived at the North Pole this week, becoming the first U.S. surface ship to do so unaccompanied. This is only the fourth time a U.S. surface vessel has ever reached the North Pole, and the first since 2005. Healy’s crew and science party, including several scientists and a graduate student from the ...

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David Karl wins $770,000 Balzan Prize in oceanography

Dr. David Karl

David Karl, director of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), was awarded the 2015 Balzan Prize in recognition of his lifetime of impactful research in the field of microbial oceanography. This honor includes a prize of 750,000 Swiss Francs ($770,000). Karl is also the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel ...

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UH Mānoa receives $1.2 million to study restless volcanoes

Lava flow crossed Apa‘a Road in Puna in October 2014 and threatened power lines. Credit: USGS.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will receive $1.2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation as part of a six-university collaboration with the Volcano Hazards Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), studying volcanic crises at Kīlauea, Hawaiʻi and Long Valley, California. The study will be made by seven institutions: USGS,UH Mānoa, University of California-Berkeley, University of Washington ...

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UH Mānoa hosts Big Data and Big Ideas

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) and a UH-based National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Coordination Network ECOGEO will host the NSF Science and Technology Center’s directors meeting in August. The meeting will begin on Thursday, August 27 with a morning conference on Big Data and Big Ideas which is open to the public. ...

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UHM ranked 15th university in the world for earth and environmental science

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The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa is ranked the 15th university in the world for earth and environmental science according to this year’s Nature Index. Anchored by the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), UHM ranked higher than nearly 8,000 other institutions. The Nature Index ranks institutions based on the number of research papers published in Nature and a ...

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UH researchers return with latest El Nino data from the central equatorial Pacific

Science party in the R/V Falkor control room. Credit: Carlie Weiner, SOI.

The timing could not have been more perfect for this expedition. Kelvin Richards, oceanographer at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and his team took full advantage of the strong El Niño conditions during the three-week research cruise in the central equatorial Pacific completed yesterday. The expedition aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel (R/V) Falkor left Majuro, Marshall Islands in ...

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Explore ocean depths with live feed from expedition

Areas NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will be visiting during its 2015 expedition to marine protected areas in the Pacific. (Credit: NOAA)

Starting this month, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer began two months of dives using unmanned remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs, to explore marine protected areas in the central Pacific Ocean. Anyone with an internet connection can virtually explore the deep sea with scientists and researchers from their computer or mobile device. Live streaming video is available during each and every dive. “Given ...

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