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Enhancing coastal resilience in West Maui goal of new PacIOOS grant

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) will develop a high-resolution, real-time wave run-up forecast and notification system for West Maui’s coastline with a $500,000 award from NOAA’s Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program. PacIOOS will also model a suite of inundation planning scenarios that take rising sea levels and increasing wave energies into account. Site-specific, short- and long-term forecasts, will strengthen …

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New wave buoy off Pearl Harbor to measure ocean conditions

On June 6, the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) deployed a new wave buoy near the entrance to Pearl Harbor, approximately 1.5 miles offshore. The wave buoy provides accurate information on wave height, direction and period, and also measures surface currents and sea surface temperature. Wave buoy data benefit the entire community and are important to make well-informed and …

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UH at the forefront of King Tides and sea-level rise research

Community groups and media have been relying on University of Hawaiʻi researchers for their expertise in sea-level rise and the state’s record high tides. UH is also seeking the public’s help and involvement. Related UH News story: Summer flooding expected after water levels break 112-year record, May 19, 2017 The UH Sea Grant Center for Coastal and Climate Science and …

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Summer flooding expected after water levels break 112-year record

The highest water levels of the summer are expected around the upcoming peak astronomic tides of the year, known as “king tides,” occurring over a few days around May 26, June 23 and July 21 in Hawaiʻi. These may produce flooding events similar to what occurred in late April, and University of Hawaiʻi researchers say summer will provide a glimpse …

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New PacIOOS website provides ocean information, data and services

The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) has launched a new website at www.pacioos.org. Its goal is to further PacIOOS’ mission to empower ocean users, decision-makers and stakeholders across the Pacific Islands with accurate and reliable coastal and ocean information, data and services. The new website provides user-friendly tools and easy access to PacIOOS’ observations of waves, sea surface currents …

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NOAA continues to support coastal and ocean observing in the Pacific Islands

The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) was awarded more than $2.75 million in competitive grant funding through NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). The funding is for the first year of a five-year cooperative agreement to enhance and sustain coastal and ocean observing efforts throughout the U.S. Pacific Islands region. PacIOOS is based within the School of Ocean and …

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Helping Hawaiʻi prepare for coastal hazards aim of NOAA grant

To help Hawaiʻi communities reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change, NOAA’s National Ocean Service awarded the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program (Hawaiʻi Sea Grant) $845,160 in grant funding through the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program. Hawaiʻi is particularly vulnerable to coastal hazards. Since the state is heavily reliant on tourism, and most of the development and infrastructure in Hawaiʻi are …

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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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New tools forecast potential sea level flooding events

PacIOOS forecast

Seawater overtopping roadways or flooding homes and businesses in low-lying communities can threaten the public health and safety of Pacific Islanders. A team of physical oceanographers working with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’sPacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) has developed new tools to forecast potential inundation events so that affected communities can better prepare and respond to such threats days …

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Website tracks tagged sharks off of Maui

Tiger shark

Scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) completed the first phase of a project to observe the movements of tiger sharks caught and tagged around the island of Maui. In response to an uptick in the number of shark attacks recorded on Maui, the State of Hawaiʻi’s Department of Land and Natural Resources …

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