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[VIDEO] Modern science, traditional platform

Hokulea at dawn

Scientists at the University of Hawaiʻi are partnering with the Polynesian Voyaging Society to conduct five research projects as part of the Hōkūleʻa Worldwide Voyage. The crew will study hydroponics, fish population, marine acoustics and the importance of plankton as a part of the marine food chain. They also seek to identify a network of indigenous scientists as they travel ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Navigating through generations

Haunani Kane

Haunane Kane just graduated with her MS in Coastal Geology at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Along with her applied graduate studies, Kane is also learning a traditional skill and perspective of navigation while sailing with the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Kane is investigating the spatial and temporal effects that sea-level rise may have upon wetlands and other coastal ecosystems. Her ... 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 »

Untamed skies: Where science meets humanity [TEDxHonolulu 2013]

Owen Shieh

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa graduate student Owen Shieh is presenting a talk at the TEDxHonolulu event, titled:  “Untamed skies:  Where science meets humanity.” “Centuries of scientific and technological advancements have allowed us to survive the harshest of conditions, but weather remains an untamed force of nature,” said Shieh, a graduate student in the UH Mānoa department of meteorology. “For ... Read More »

Remotely operated vehicle Lu‘ukai joins ocean exploration fleet

Remotely Operated Vehicle

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) held a ceremony this week to name and launch operations on a new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that will extend the vertical reach to 6000-m, over 3 miles, deep for ocean exploration in the state and throughout the Pacific Basin.  The Lu‘ukai, meaning “sea diver,” will comple­ment the capabilities of the existing ... 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 »

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 »

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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