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Long-term study links box jellyfish abundance, environmental variability

Box jellyfish (Alatina moseri)

You can almost set your watch to it. A familiar sight to beachgoers, the box jellyfish Alatina moseri is known for showing up in big numbers on Waikīkī Beach 8 to 12 days after each full moon. Continuing a pioneering jellyfish beach count effort initiated in the 1980s by Honolulu lifeguard Landy Blair, researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have ... Read More »

World ocean systems undermined by climate change by 2100

Spear fisherman

An ambitious new study describes the full chain of events by which ocean biogeochemical changes triggered by manmade greenhouse gas emissions may cascade through marine habitats and organisms, penetrating to the deep ocean and eventually influencing humans. Previous analyses have focused mainly on ocean warming and acidification, considerably underestimating the biological and social consequences of climate change.  Factoring in predictable ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Robotic vessel to help in times of disaster

UH unmanned port security vehicle

The University of Hawai‘i’s Unmanned Port Security Vessel (UPSV) is a robotic platform designed to support maritime missions in harbor and port environments including infrastructure inspection and incident response and recovery, and harbor surveillance. The UPSV was designed and built in Hawaii by UH researchers, students and contractors. UH Principal Investigator Brian Bingham demonstrated the vessel’s capabilities at Honolulu Harbor ... Read More »

UH scientist wins international Ocean Challenge

Ruth Gates

Build a better reef, and the world will beat a path to your shore. A marine biologist at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) has won an international competition by proposing to develop stocks of corals with an extended functional range and resilience to the more acidic and warmer conditions predicted for the oceans ... Read More »

Study in Nature reveals urgent new time frame for climate change

Anthias & Gorgonian

Ecological and societal disruptions by modern climate change are critically determined by the time frame over which climates shift. Camilo Mora and colleagues in the College of Social Sciences’ Department of Geography at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have developed one such time frame. The study, entitled “The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability,” will be published in ... Read More »

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 »

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