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Jeffrey Drazen, an Oceanography Associate Professor, joins an international team of researchers to use the world's only full-ocean depth, hybrid remotely operated vehicle, WHOI’s Nereus, and other advanced technology to explore life in the depths of the Kermadec Trench. The 40-day expedition, which began on 12 April 2014, kicks off an ambitious three-year collaborative effort funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Kermadec Trench, off the northeastern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, is the fifth deepest trench in the world with a maximum of depth of 10,047 meters (32,963 feet or 6.24 miles). It is also one of the coldest trenches due to the inflow of deep-water originating from Antarctica.
On 11 April 2014, scientists returned from a 36-day mapping expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. PMNM is the largest protected area in the United States, encompassing an area greater than all its national parks combined, yet over half its seafloor has never been mapped in detail due to the limited availability of the advanced sonar systems required. The survey, carried out aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI) 272-foot R/V Falkor, mapped over 40,000 square kilometers (15,445 square miles) of previously unmapped or poorly mapped areas inside the Monument. This represents approximately 11 percent of the total area of PMNM.
On Tuesday 15 April, former US Vice President Al Gore spoke at a free public lecture at UH Mānoa’s Stan Sheriff Center. The lecture was part of Ascent, a day-long conference on clean energy and a sustainable future, hosted by UH Sea Grant College Program, Chancellor Tom Apple, and US Senator Brian Schatz. “A future in which we create economic and social opportunities for all, advance an enriching quality of life, preserve cultural inheritance, and promote stewardship of our natural resources for future generations is within reach,” said UH Sea Grant director Gordon Grau. “Through this conference, we have an opportunity to bring the best and brightest minds together to focus on Hawai‘i and start to build our sustainable future.”
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Hawai‘i Space Lecture Series
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Rhett Butler (April 21-22) Interim Director, HIGP;
Jonathan Dehn (April 28-29) Research Professor, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
John LaBrecque (May 1-2) Lead, Earth Surface and Interior Focus Area, NASA Science Mission Directorate
They are scheduled to participate in two-day visits that cover department discussions; meetings with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and internal and external constituents; and a public presentation. Please visit UH System News for details.
Hanauma Bay Education Program Community Events
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HI2: University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative
This special supplement to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser showcases the new UH Innovation Initiative — HI2 —†and highlights several units and programs of the School. Please read the online publication here.