The Hawaii Ocean Time-series program has been making repeat measurements at Station ALOHA since 1988. Such time series observations are necessary for helping to build an understanding of how changes in Earth’s climate are influencing marine life. This video was submitted into the Ocean180 Film Challenge, sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence.
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A ghostly never-before-seen fish with wing-like fins has set a new depth record for fish. During a recent 30-day expedition aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI)’s research vessel Falkor to the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean — the deepest place on Earth — the previously-unknown snailfish was filmed several times floating along the dark sea floor, reaching a record low of 8143 meters below the surface. The unusual fish, spotted on the expedition led by Oceanography professor Jeff Drazen and Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) professor Patty Fryer, has a different body shape from other known varieties of snailfish. It boasts broad, translucent fins, stringy appendages, and an eel-like tail that allows it to glide smoothly.
Three temporary particulate monitors have been installed in the Pahoa area of Hawai‘i Island by the Hawai’i State Department of Health (DOH). These devices measure air quality levels from the June 27 lava flow; the results are posted for residents to see at Clean Air Branch on the state DOH web site. The Department of Atmospheric Sciences (ATMO) has also developed a model to forecast the lava flow smoke in Puna as part of the Vog Measurement and Prediction Project (VMAP). Health officials recommend residents in smoke affected areas avoid outdoor activities — and anyone with respiratory illness or heart disease — along with older adults and children are urged to avoid smoke exposure.
El Niño, the abnormal warming of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, is a well-studied tropical climate phenomenon that occurs every few years. Scientists have observed that El Niño greatly influences the yearly variations of tropical cyclones (a general term that includes hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones) in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Fei-Fei Jin and Julien Boucharel of SOEST, and I-I Lin at the National Taiwan University recently published a paper in the journal Nature that reports on their discovery of an oceanic pathway that brings El Niño’s heat into the Northeastern Pacific basin two or three seasons after its winter peak — right in time to directly fuel intense hurricanes in that region.
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The Dean’s Overview of the School
The 2014–15 “power-down periods” for the UH Mānoa campus are:
From ~6pm Wed 24 Dec 2014 thru
Sun 04 Jan 2015
C-MORE Hale, HIG, MSB, and POST will be open. SOEST main Personnel Office will be closed on 28 Nov 2014. Both Fiscal and Personnel Offices will be closed on 26, 29, 30 & 31 Dec 2014. RCF will be closed 26 Dec 2014 but will be monitoring email if any problems should arise. The Dean’s Office will be open 8 am–4:30 pm, M–F, except for public holidays.
Campus Security will secure MSB and C-MORE Hale at ~5:30 pm, and POST at ~11:30 pm. For Holmes Hall schedule, please visit the main MGD website. Other information about campus service availability and preparing your office for the period which may be without power have been included in the MGD Memo (PDF).
In the Hawaiian language the word kikowaena means “center of the circle.” The circle of SOEST reaches far and wide: to our university, our community, our Hawai‘i, our world.
Please join us in supporting undergraduate education through the Kikowaena Scholarship Campaign as together we establish an undergraduate student scholarship endowment within SOEST, and use that endowment to recruit and retain talented students within our degree programs.
HI2: University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative
This special supplement to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser showcases the UH Innovation Initiative — HI2 — and highlights several units and programs of the School. Please read the online publication here.
For the latest on seminars, recent grants, thesis & dissertation defenses, and lectures and events open to the public, please see the weekly SOEST Bulletin.