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U.N. task force says new ocean telecom cables should be ‘green’

global undersea communications cable infrastructure

The global system of submarine telecommunications cables that supports our connected world is deaf, dumb and blind to the external ocean environment – and represents a major missed opportunity for tsunami warning and global climate monitoring, according to UH scientists and a United Nations task force. “For an additional 5-10 percent of the total cost of any new cable system ... Read More »

Massive debris pile reveals risk of huge tsunamis in Hawaii

1946 Hawaii tsunami

A mass of marine debris discovered in a giant sinkhole provides evidence that at least one mammoth tsunami, larger than any in Hawaiʻi’s recorded history, has struck the islands, and that a similar disaster could happen again, new research finds.  Scientists, led by Rhett Butler, Director of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) at UH Mānoa, are reporting ... Read More »

Water in Moon rocks provides clues and questions about lunar history

Pyroclastic glass beads

A recent review of hundreds of chemical analyses of Moon rocks indicates that the amount of water in the Moon’s interior varies regionally – revealing clues about how water originated and was redistributed in the Moon.  These discoveries provide a new tool to unravel the processes involved in the formation of the Moon, how the lunar crust cooled, and its impact ... Read More »

Space dust carries water and organic compounds

Interplanetary dust particles and sun

Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and University of California – Berkeley have discovered that interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) could deliver water and organics to the Earth and other terrestrial planets. Interplanetary dust, dust that has come from comets, asteroids, ... Read More »

Infrasound informs fresh look at Russian meteor fall

Chelyabinsk Infrasound

The Russian meteor that rocked the world on 15 February 2013 appeared 30 times brighter than the sun, and we may be in for more airbursts of this size than we had previously anticipated.  These are some of the new findings about the Chelyabinsk meteor fall included in the Nov. 6 electronic edition of the scientific journal Nature. Much of ... 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 »

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