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Sea-level rise drives shoreline retreat in Hawaii, study reveals

Coastal erosion

Sea-level rise (SLR) has been isolated as a principal cause of coastal erosion in Hawaiʻi. Differing rates of relative SLR on the islands of Oʻahu and Maui remain as the best explanation for the difference in island-wide shoreline trends (that is, beach erosion or accretion) after examining other influences on shoreline change including waves, sediment supply and littoral processes, and ... Read More »

New method of estimating fish movements underwater

Monitoring Station - Close Up

How do you track a fish? There’s no “Google Maps” for finding fish. The radio signals that are the backbone of traditional GPS cannot pass through seawater. But sound travels remarkably well, so scientists often use acoustic telemetry to estimate an individual fish’s location. That means attaching an acoustic transmitter to a fish and then using a network of stationary ... Read More »

Carbon emissions to impact climate beyond the day after tomorrow

Calving Glacier

Future warming from fossil fuel burning could be more intense and longer-lasting than previously thought. This prediction emerges from a new study by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa oceanographer Richard Zeebe, who includes insights from episodes of climate change in the geologic past to inform projections of man-made future climate change. The study is published in the Proceedings of the ... Read More »

Plastic for dinner? Big fish eat more than you expect

Examples of marine debris found in fish stomachs.  Image courtesy C. Anela Choy.

Large, predatory fishes from the offshore waters around Hawai‘i have been ingesting a surprisingly large amount of plastic and other marine debris, according to new research by scientists at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. These observations are the first of their kind in scope and in number, and they suggest that more attention should be given to marine debris ... Read More »

Laser scanning confocal microscope generates artful images of science

Confocal Image of Coral

Corals are beautiful when seen through your own eyes in sunlight, but for scientists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, seeing corals in this manner is simply not enough. As part of a new PBS digital video series called UnderH20, viewers see live corals–and their associated microorganisms–from a whole new perspective. Using a revolutionary new tool, a laser scanning ... Read More »

David Karl and Edward DeLong awarded $4.2M to pursue high risk research in marine microbial ecology

L-R: Dr. Karl and Dr. DeLong outside  the Daniel K. Inouye C-MORE Hale laboratory, UH Mānoa.
Photo by Anthony Consillio

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded Dr. David Karl and Dr. Edward DeLong, both UH Mānoa professors in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) individual grants totaling $4.2M to support their marine research. These awards are part of the Moore Foundation’s national Marine Microbiology Initiative that awarded 16 scientists from 14 different institutions a ... Read More »

Abundance and distribution of Hawaiian coral predicted by model

Coral

Researchers from the UH Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) developed species distribution models of the six dominant Hawaiian coral species around the main Hawaiian Islands, including two species currently under consideration as threatened or endangered. They found the order of coral abundance (from highest to lowest) around the main Hawaiian Islands to be Porites lobata, ... Read More »

IPRC Monsoon Expert Wins Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research

By Gisela Spiedel Internationally acclaimed meteorologist and monsoon expert Professor Bin Wang is a winner of this year’s prestigious Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research. Wang, who is chair and professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Meteorology Department and the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC), received the medal at the UH Manoa awards ceremony on April 30. Wang ... Read More »

UH Oceanography Professor Honored by National Academy of Sciences

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Oceanography Professor David Karl received the prestigious Alexander Agassiz medal from the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, April 28. Karl is a professor at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is recognized for his leadership in establishing multi-disciplinary ocean-observing systems ... Read More »

Global warming and really big tomatoes

Hope Jahren

Could a dramatic increase in atmospheric CO2 fuel tremendous increases in agricultural productivity and fight hunger? The general consensus among scientists holds that global warming and higher levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) will hurt poor nations the most. Hotter temperatures, rising seas, and more extreme weather patterns will impact countries in the tropical and sub-tropical regions where poverty is ... Read More »

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