SOEST in the News

September 9 : UH tackling tsunami reactions

The National Science Foundation has awarded $500,000 to a group headed by UH volcanology professor Bruce Houghton to develop a "tsunami preparedness model" to help emergency workers improve public alerts.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin or the Honolulu Advertiser.

Image courtesy of Chris Gregg / ETSU

September 7 : Retired professor pioneered tropical meteorology

James C. Sadler, an internationally noted meteorologist who had a distinguished career at the University of Hawai‘i, where he taught meteorology 22 years, is remembered for being “one of the foremost meteorologists of his time, and one of the founders of tropical meteorology as a discipline.”

Read more about James in the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

August 10 : Submarine Ring of Fire Expedition a Resounding Success

The Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory and the crew of the K-O-K return from a highly successful deep-diving cruise in the South Pacific exploring submarine volcanoes.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin or the NOAA news article.

Image courtesy of NOAA/NURP

July 5: Klaus Keil appointed to NAS Space Studies Board

Klaus Keil, interim dean of SOEST and planetary scientist, has been appointed to the Space Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin .

Image courtesy of EAUR/UH

June 28 : SOEST researchers study sea floor for catastrophic events

Gary McMurtry and Lloyd French will be using a deep ocean mass spectrometer to look at the chemistry of seismically active sea floor off Costa Rica.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin .

Image courtesy of Gary McMurtyr/SOEST

June 21 : Tiny ocean species hold surprises

University of Hawai‘i oceanographers are part of an international group trying to unravel the secrets of microscopic life in the ocean.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin .

Image courtesy of HOT /SOEST

Shark

June 14 : HIMB scientists track shark movement

Two UH ocean scientists, both with the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, are conducting separate research projects at five sites in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to understand how much the animals move between different reefs.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser.

Image courtesy of HIMB/SOEST

Coconut Island

June 13 : New radio technology opens possibilities for UH

A radio beam developed in Hawaii that stands to revolutionize high-speed wireless transmissions over short distances, has been adopted by the UH Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, on Coconut Island in Kaneohe Bay, to communicate to the UH Manoa campus through a transceiver at Windward Community College.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Image courtesy of HIMB/SOEST

HURL submersible

June 12 : Underwater Wealth

UH microbial researchers will be among those studing the discovered microorganisms gathered during dives in the South Pacific Ocean using HURL's submersibles. The microorganisms are being researched for possible industrial and pharmaceutical uses.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Image courtesy of HURL / SOEST

Klaus Keil

June 9 : Lab to write Solar History

A $1.5 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation will allow HIGP researchers to obtain an ion probe to analyze bits of cosmic dust.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Image courtesy of UH EAUR / SOEST

Hawaii Sea Grant Logo

May 31 : Hunting "Ghost Nets" in the Pacific

Mary Donohue, Associate Director of Hawaii Sea Grant, comments on a joint NOAA/NASA venture to locate and clean up lost fishing nets in the Pacific Ocean.

Listen to the NPR interview on All Things Considered.

Image courtesy of Hawaii Sea Grant / SOEST

Dolphin

May 30 : Federal funds to aid HIMB research on ocean mammal noise

The defense spending bill passed by the U.S. House contains $2.2 million for expansion of the Marine Mammal Research Program's research on hearing of whales and dolphins.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Image courtesy of SOEST

Mars

May 28 : High-olivine region expanded on Mars

A study co-authored by HIGP researcher Victoria Hamilton has concluded that a region of high-olvine Martian bedrock is actually 4 times larger than previously thought, offering clues about water — or the lack of water — on the Red Planet.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser, or the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

You can also see the pdf of the Press Release.

Image courtesy of Vicky Hamilton/ HIGP/ SOEST

Nafanua

May 19 and 26 : New South Pacific volcano discovered

Scientists using HURL submersibes have discovered a new volcano off of Samoa, named Nafanua after the Samoan goddess of war.

Read more about the volcano on the KGMB 9 web site, and the AP article on ABCNews.com.

There's also a May 19 story on South Pacific cruise on the KGMB 9 web site.

Image courtesy of SCRIPPS Institute of Oceanography

Gary Huss and Klaus Keil

May 23 : UH gets $1.5M astronomy grant

The W.M. Keck Foundation has given the University of Hawaii 1.5 Million dollars to support a new ion microprobe, part of a new UH cosmochemistry laboratory.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser, on the KHNL web site.

You can also see the Press Release.

Image courtesy of Bob Chinn/ University Relations

Judith Vergun

May 18 : Judith Vergun receives Presidental Award

The Kumu Ola: Source of Knowledge Director is among recipients of Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Read more about it in the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

Or see the Press Release.

Image courtesy of Bob Chinn/ University Relations

Cyanobacteria

April 30 : Tuna fears exaggerated

John Sibert and colleagues from the Pelagic Fisheries Research Program say that recent claims of Pacific tuna being disastrously overfished are exaggerated.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Discussion and responses to the Nature letter can be found on the PFRP Large Pelagics web site.

Image courtesy of Pelagic Fisheries Research Program/SOEST

Cyanobacteria

April 13 : Sea Grant turns to urban issues

Long associated with environmental and coastal issues, UH’s Sea Grant College Program is quickly transforming its mission and reach to deal with problems of urban design and growth.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser.

Image courtesy of Hawaii Sea Grant/SOEST

Cyanobacteria

April 5 : Cyanobacteria toxin linked to nerve ailments

Oceanographer and CMMED director Bob Bidigare was part of a research team that discovered that bacteria found throughout the world might produce a toxin linked to certain neurological diseases.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Image courtesy of Dept. of Oceanography/SOEST

Moon

March 29: Earth's moon is still a puzzle...

Planetary scientist Paul Lucey describes how craters in the lunar polar regions are super-cold traps for the debris scattered by comets crashing into the surface, and could provide clues to the origins of life on Earth.

Read more about it in Space.com.

Image courtesy of NASA

March 28: Monitoring the reefs

Oceanographers in SOEST have been studying “coupled environments” of land and water in some of Hawai‘i's coastal zones to determine whether they emit carbon dioxide or absorb it as does the ocean.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Image courtesy of Fred MacKenzie/SOEST

tsunami model

March 21: UH models calculate tsunami flooding

Hawaii Sea Grant and ORE researchers have developed sophisticated models to predict coastal flooding in Hawaii from tsunamis generated by distant earthquakes.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Image courtesy of Sea Grant/SOEST

I-401 Submarine

March 20: HURL scientists discover Japanese submarine

The deep-diving scientists of the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory's Pisces submarines have discovered the remains of the Imperial Japanese Navy's I-401 submarine, a gigantic underwater aircraft carrier built to bomb the Panama Canal.

For more information and pictures please see the HURL I-401 web site. You can also read about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Image courtesy of HURL/SOEST

map of earthquake swarms

March 9: Swarm of undersea quakes prompts rapid response cruise

Researchers from the Department of Oceanography were part of a RIDGE program rapid response cruise following a swarm of undersea quakes off of Vancouver Island, Canada.

For a list of articles written about this cruise see the VENTS program research page. A post cruise review is also available from the Seattle Times.

Image courtesy of PMEL/NOAA

HURL submersible Pisces V

March 9: Vessel readies for deep-sea expedition

Researchers with the Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory, jointly operated by UH and the NOAA, will leave on their most challenging mission yet on March 18 when they will begin their 5-month exploration of some of the world's largest and most active undersea volcanoes, stretching from New Zealand to Tonga. UH anthropologists also will investigate the USS Chehalis, a shipwreck off American Samoa.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Image courtesy of HURL/SOEST

Margaret McManus

Feb 24: SOEST oceanographer receives defense grants

Margaret McManus from the Department of Oceanography is one of several UH scientists to receive grants from the Defense Department to purchase state-of-the-art equipment to perform cutting-edge defense research.

Read more about it in Pacific Business News.

Image courtesy of M. McManus/SOEST

Scotch Cap Lighthouse

Feb 12: HIGP professor provides tsunami clues


Gerard Fryer has gathered evidence on one of the 20th Century's worst tsunamis that swept from Alaska through the Pacific, killing more than 150 people about 60 years ago. His findings may change the way scientists study tsunamis and how people prepare for them.

Read more about it in SitNews (Alaska)

Image of the Scotch Cap Lighthouse courtesy of US Coast Guard and NOAA/NGDC

Fred and Terri Duennebier

Feb 8: Fred Duennebier named UH Outstanding Alumni


Congratulations go to Fred Duennebier, one of eight distinguished alumni who will be recognized by the University of Hawai'i at the annual awards dinner in May.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Image of Fred and Terri Duennebier courtesy of Fred Duennebier

George Walker in the field

Jan 27: George Walker Remembered


George P.L. Walker, former Geology and Geophysics professor and world-renowned volcanologist, is remembered for his research on understanding how basaltic volcanoes grow.

Read more about him in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, the Guardian, and the Times.

Image of George Walker courtesy of SOEST Publications.

Kona Event

Jan 23 and 24: Mapping Hawai'i’s cataclysmic future

SOEST researchers try to map out Hawai'i’s cataclysmic future in order prepare the state should tsunamis and earthquakes occur.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin (part one and part two)

Image courtesy of Gerard Fryer, HIGP/SOEST

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