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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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HI-SEAS suited excursion photo Crew selected for eight-month Mars simulation

The six astronaut-like crew members of the third Hawai‘i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission has been selected. Starting 15 October 2014, the participants will be isolated in their dome habitat at the site on the slopes of Mauna Loa on Hawai‘i Island for eight months. This mission is studying group cohesion and factors that affect team performance. “Astronauts are stoic,” said Kim Binsted, associate professor at UH and a project principal investigator. “You ask them how they’re doing and they’ll say ‘fine.’ It’s quite difficult to get at some of the warnings that you might want to detect of conflict or a crew losing coherence. One of the ideas behind the HI-SEAS study is that forewarned is forearmed.”

Read more about it and watch the videos at KITV4 and Space Safety Magazine; read more about it in the UH System New. Image courtesy of T. Swarmer; click on it to see the full version.

Pearl Harbor photo Navy, HNEI partner on $2.5M power grid study

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has contracted with the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i (ARL/UH) for a $2.5 million energy research project to be conducted by the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute’s (HNEI) GridSTART (Grid System Technologies Advanced Research Team), an HNEI research team focused on the integration and analysis of energy technologies and power systems, including smart grid and micro grid applications. The objective of this research is to develop a power grid modernization strategy and action plan to meet the future needs of the Navy in Hawai‘i, with a special focus on the reliability and power quality demands of electrical service to the shipyard.

Read more about it in the UH System News, Pacific Business News, and Kaunānā. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Johans Chavarro/Released.

Image of bombing lava flow Can modern technology be used to divert Madame Pele?

As lava advances slowly toward homes and ranches in Kaohe Homesteads on Hawai‘i Island, past attempts at changing the direction of lava flows in an effort to protect property were reviewed. G&G professor Michael Garcia explained what happened when Gen. George Patton bombed a lava flow in 1935, trying to keep it from Hilo’s water supply. “He sent out his bombers and unfortunately they weren’t very successful. The bombs either hit the lava flows and bounced off or they exploded within the lava flows and had no effect.” HIGP professor Patty Fryer explains some of the challenges the slopping terrain poses: “A low terrain and lava or water or whatever liquid you have is going to move downhill and that’s the thing that’s the most difficult.”

Read more about it and watch the video at Hawaii News Now. Image from US Army file footage.

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

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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