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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The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) deployed a new wave buoy in the waters off Aunu‘u, American Samoa, on 23 October 2014. The bright yellow buoy is located more than three miles offshore and streams data on ocean and wave conditions. The buoy joins the existing PacIOOS network of 13 real-time wave buoys across the Pacific, providing data on wave height, direction, period, and sea surface temperature. PacIOOS deputy director Melissa Iwamoto said, “The new wave buoy in American Samoa will complement our network in the Pacific and will greatly support the decision-making of various agencies across the Pacific, including the National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)."
The global system of submarine telecommunications cables that supports our connected world ignores the external ocean environment, which represents a major missed opportunity for tsunami warning and global climate monitoring, according to a recent report (PDF) by a United Nations task force. “For an additional 5-10 percent of the total cost of any new cable system deployment, we could be saving lives from tsunamis and effectively monitoring global change,” said Rhett Butler, Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) director and chair of an international committee tasked to evaluate the cable opportunity. Ocean and Resources Engineering chair Bruce Howe and Oceanography professor Doug Luther are also contributors to the report.
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.
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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