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 had 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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A mass of marine debris discovered in a giant sinkhole on the island of Kauai‘i provides evidence that at least one mammoth tsunami, larger than any in Hawai‘i’s recorded history, has struck the islands, and that a similar disaster could happen again. HIGP director Rhett Butler is the lead author of a paper reporting that a wall of water up to nine meters (30 feet) high surged onto Hawaiian shores about 500 years ago. It was triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the coast of the Aleutian Islands and left behind up to nine shipping containers worth of ocean sediment in the Makauwahi sinkhole. Gerard Fryer, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) geophysicist and HIGP affiliate faculty, notes that the state is updating tsunami evacuation plans as a result of these findings.
SOEST began the final phase of an Army-funded research effort on 21 October 2014 to further investigate sea-disposed military munitions off the coast of O‘ahu. This research will take place south of Pearl Harbor at an area designated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as the Hawai‘i-05 (HI-05) site. It is a continuation of the Hawai’i Undersea Military Munitions Assessment (HUMMA), which used towed sidescan sonars, HURL submersibles, and remotely operated vehicles — including Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)’s Jason. “HUMMA has dramatically increased our understanding of what is happening at historical sea disposal sites,” stated HIGP researcher and principal investigator Margo Edwards.
The Voice of the Sea television series, a signature project of the UH Sea Grant (UHSG) Center for Marine Science Education (UH CMSE), recently received six 2014 Telly Awards, including a silver Telly — the most prestigious award — for Cultural Programming. The Telly Awards are the premier regional television awards honoring excellence in programming. Voice of the Sea promotes ongoing scientific and cultural work in the Pacific from recognized experts in a half-hour television series shown Sundays at 6:00 pm HST on KFVE (K5 The Home Team). “[It] covers topics from traditional navigation to cancer research to endangered animals,” said Kanesa Seraphin, program host and UH CMSE director. Go to the Voice of the Sea website to watch full episodes or learn more about the show.
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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Mānoa Faculty Lecture Series
Researcher, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB)
Wed 05 Nov • 6:30pm
Hamilton Library Room 301,
UH Mānoa Campus
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Darren T. Lerner has been named the new director of the UH Sea Grant College Program. In his new position, Lerner will lead and serve the program’s scholarly and creative faculty, staff and partners in successfully moving UH Sea Grant forward … (continued in the UH System News).
Hanauma Bay Lecture Series
Sundays in November at 3pm
Effective 01 October 2014, the Department of Meteorology will be named the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.
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