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SCOPE: UH’s largest private foundation gift

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 has 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 on the UH News page (with more news links here).

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Photo of whale bones PacIOOS wave buoy in Majuro helps keep islanders safe

For people living on Majuro Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), if the ocean swell is too high, the safety of fishermen transiting out of the lagoon to open waters is threatened, homes and businesses may be flooded with seawater, roadways may become impassable, and even the runway strip at the airport may be rendered useless for large commercial aircraft. On 10 July 2014, the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) collaborated with partners to deploy a new Datawell Directional Waverider buoy named “Kalo” about one mile off the eastern shore of Majuro to provide a data stream of wave height, wave direction, wave period, and sea surface temperature every 30 minutes.

Read more about it in the UH Mānoa News. Image courtesy of PacIOOS.

Image of high sea level forcast New tools forecast potential sea level flooding events

Seawater overtopping roadways or flooding homes and businesses in low-lying communities can threaten the public health and safety of Pacific Islanders. A team of physical oceanographers, including Oceanography postdoctoral researcher Martin Guiles and Oceanography professor Doug Luther, working with Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) has developed new tools to forecast potential inundation events so that affected communities can better prepare and respond to such threats days in advance. The forecast models are called the PacIOOS Six-Day High Sea Level Forecasts and the most recent developments include Apra Harbor in Guam and Malakai in Palau.

Read more about it in Kaunānā. Image courtesy of PacIOOS.

SEM image colorized by Nancy Hulbirt Ocean’s most abundant organisms have daily cycles

Communities of ocean microbes have their own daily cycles, and they are not all about the sun. Photoautotrophs — bacteria that use solar energy to help them photosynthesize food — have been known to sun themselves on a regular schedule. But in a new study published in the journal Science, researchers working at Station ALOHA, a deep ocean study site 100 km north of O‘ahu, observed different species of free-living, heterotrophic bacteria turning on diel cycling genes at slightly different times, suggesting a wave of transcriptional activity that passes through the microbial community each day. Oceanography professor and C-MORE co-PI and co-director Ed DeLong was head of the MIT team that made this discovery.

Read more about it in NSF’s Science360, National Geographic’s Not Exactly Rocket Science, Kaunānā, PhysOrg, and the UH Mānoa News. Image courtesy of SOEST.

image of Hurricane Iniki over Kaua'i Hurricane season is 01 June thru 30 November

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.

Please visit SOEST in the News: 2014 for archived news articles, with links to previous years.

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