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 across the globe. Much of the science will be conducted on Hikianalia, Hōkūleʻa’s companion ship, in order to keep Hōkūleʻa as traditional as possible.
Learn more about the projects from researcher Haunane Kane, an MS candidate in Coastal Geology. At UH Mānoa, she is investigating the spatial and temporal effects that sea-level rise may have upon wetlands and other coastal ecosystems.
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