The Simons Foundation has awarded Edward DeLong and David Karl $40 million to lead the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE), making it the largest private foundation gift UH has ever received. SCOPE aims to further our understanding of the microscopic organisms that inhabit every drop of seawater and how those creatures control the movement and exchange of energy and nutrients, from the surface waters to the deep sea. Learn more in this UH Mānoa video, and read about it (with more news links here).
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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has contracted with the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i (ARL/UH) for a $2.5 million energy research project to be conducted by the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute’s (HNEI) GridSTART (Grid System Technologies Advanced Research Team), an HNEI research team focused on the integration and analysis of energy technologies and power systems, including smart grid and micro grid applications. The objective of this research is to develop a power grid modernization strategy and action plan to meet the future needs of the Navy in Hawai‘i, with a special focus on the reliability and power quality demands of electrical service to the shipyard.
As lava advances slowly toward homes and ranches in Kaohe Homesteads on Hawai‘i Island, past attempts at changing the direction of lava flows in an effort to protect property were reviewed. G&G professor Michael Garcia explained what happened when Gen. George Patton bombed a lava flow in 1935, trying to keep it from Hilo’s water supply. “He sent out his bombers and unfortunately they weren’t very successful. The bombs either hit the lava flows and bounced off or they exploded within the lava flows and had no effect.” HIGP professor Patty Fryer explains some of the challenges the slopping terrain poses: “A low terrain and lava or water or whatever liquid you have is going to move downhill and that’s the thing that’s the most difficult.”
The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) bids aloha to interns Pua Pali and Greg Javar, who gained first-hand experience monitoring volcanoes and earthquakes by working with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists this summer. Pali graduated from Konawaena High School before moving to O‘ahu, where she is now a UH Mānoa senior majoring in geology and geophysics (G&G). Javar, a Ka‘u High School graduate, is a UH Mānoa sophomore pursuing a degree in civil engineering. They were funded by USGS through the Native Hawaiian Science and Engineering Mentorship Program (NHSEMP), which provides opportunities for students to excel in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Track tropical storm and hurricane development and movement at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. The 2014 hurricane season begins on 01 June and ends on 30 November. To help you prepare for hurricanes (and other natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunami, and floods from other causes), the UH Sea Grant College Program’s Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards is available as a PDF or printed book. Keep track of weather conditions at the Hawai‘i Beach Hazard Forecast Site, the Meteorology Weather Server, and the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System.
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Dave Karl, professor of Oceanography and director of C-MORE will be speaking about his work with defining the research agenda for the Gulf Research Program on Hawaii Public Radio’s “The Conversation” on Friday 19 September at 8:35 a.m. Please click here for more about the Gulf Research Program.
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