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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


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


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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UHM scientists explore the frontiers of coral reef management

Coral polyps comprise a coral colony. (photo credit: Robert Richmond)

In a new study, released in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Marine Science, a team of international researchers explore the frontiers in natural and social science research—recommending actions that have the potential to build stronger support for reef management and improve the efficacy of conservation efforts. The scientists identify ways to more accurately diagnose stressors affecting reef health, approaches to ...

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Parental experience may help coral offspring survive climate change

Adult coral (Pocillopora_damicornis) and larvae (~1 millimeter). (credit: Hollie Putnam and Beth Lenz)

A new study from scientists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) reveals that preconditioning adult corals to increased temperature and ocean acidification resulted in offspring that may be better able to handle those future environmental stressors. This rapid trans-generational acclimatization may be able to “buy time” for corals in the race against climate ...

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Marine debris drift model simulates MH370 crash site and flow paths

IPRC model showing predicted movement of crash debris.

  The International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) within SOEST has used the Marine Debris Drift Model developed by SOEST researchers Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner to simulate the pathways of debris from the likely crash site of MH370 in the Indian Ocean.  Building upon the model the developed to predict the movement of debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan, Maximenko and ...

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Bacteria affects sand more than seawater


Sewage-contaminated coastal waters can lead to stomach aches, diarrhea and rashes for those who accidentally swallow harmful microbes or come into contact with them. New research recently published in the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal Environmental Science and Technology sheds light on why fecal contamination affects sand more than water. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor of Civil and ...

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Ritidian Point wave buoy redeployed to serve Guam communities


On July 17, 2015, the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) redeployed its wave buoy outside ofRitidian Point with the support of the U.S. Coast Guard. The yellow buoy is located about 4 miles offshore and will now continue to send information on wave height, direction, period, and sea surface temperature. The reinstalled buoy off Ritidian Point joins the existing ...

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