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Waves a dominant force in Hawai‘i shoreline habitat creation

Hawaii Shoreline

It all started with the question, “Why are Hawaiian rocky shores so different than those in California or Maine?”  This simple question led to a novel methodology to classify shorelines worldwide, developed by a team of scientists at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. For biologists with one toe in the water, the ... Read More »

Extrusive volcanism formed the Hawaiian Islands, study determines

Hawaii islands 3-D graphic

Before this work, most scientists thought that Hawaiian volcanoes grew primarily internally – by magma intruding into rock and solidifying before it reaches the surface.  While this type of growth does occur, along Kilauea’s East Rift Zone (ERZ), for example, it does not appear to be representative of the overall history of how the Hawaiian Islands formed.  Previous estimates of ... Read More »

Disney conservation grant supports coral reef research

slate pencil urchin

The UH Mānoa Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) has been awarded a $24,200 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) to support the Connecting Coral Reefs Worldwide project. Scientists, governments and NGOs believe that it is vital to carry out practical scientific research to help find new, cost-effective approaches to coral reef conservation. Today, coral reefs are at ... Read More »

[VIDEO] IPCC Report Climate Change 2013: Briefing by Lead Authors

Calving Glacier

On September 30, 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, which forms a part of the Fifth Climate Assessment Report or AR 5. Lead Authors of the report, who are faculty at the University of Hawaii briefed the press, faculty and students. Prof. David Karl, Director of the Center for Microbial ... Read More »

[VIDEO] How to launch a 13-ton submarine (Part 2)

Submarine

The Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) specializes in providing scientists with the tools and expertise they need to investigate the undersea environment, including submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, and other cutting edge technologies. This Center, within the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i, is funded through a cooperative agreement from NOAA that began in ... Read More »

Award examines volcanic crises in the USA: from precursors to resilience

Kilauea Volcano

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) has been awarded one of the first grants in a new large-scale research direction by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant is one of several made this month by NSF seeking to mitigate disasters by creating broad, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional teams of individuals that ... Read More »

Sea-level rise online map viewer now available for Hawaii, Guam, and CNMI

Hanalei, Kauai sea-level rise map

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a web-mapping tool aimed at visualizing potential impacts from sea-level rise in Hawai’i, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI).  Known as the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer, the tool serves as a simple and easy to use but powerful planning resource for planners, public officials, ... Read More »

[VIDEO] How to launch a 13-ton submarine (Part 1)

Submarine

The Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) specializes in providing scientists with the tools and expertise they need to investigate the undersea environment, including submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, and other cutting edge technologies. This Center, within the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i, is funded through a cooperative agreement from NOAA that began in ... Read More »

Female tiger sharks migrate from Northwestern to Main Hawaiian Islands during fall pupping season

Applying a tag to a shark

A quarter of the mature female tiger sharks plying the waters around the remote coral atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands decamp for the populated Main Hawaiian Islands in the late summer and fall, swimming as far as 2,500 kilometers (1,500 miles) according to new research from University of Florida and the University of Hawaii. Their report is scheduled for ... Read More »

Sea-level rise drives shoreline retreat in Hawaii, study reveals

Coastal erosion

Sea-level rise (SLR) has been isolated as a principal cause of coastal erosion in Hawaiʻi. Differing rates of relative SLR on the islands of Oʻahu and Maui remain as the best explanation for the difference in island-wide shoreline trends (that is, beach erosion or accretion) after examining other influences on shoreline change including waves, sediment supply and littoral processes, and ... Read More »

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