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 (with more news links here).
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Work at the Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) located in Kāne‘ohe Bay off Marine Corps Base Hawaii has received $9 million from the U.S. Navy. The funds from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) are directed to the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i (ARL/UH), working with Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), to support industry testing of wave energy conversion devices. “Itís going to be the first grid-connected Wave Energy Test Site in the United States,” said HNEI director Richard Rocheleau. The funds will also benefit divers and remotely operated underwater vehicles.
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.
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.
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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C-MORE Hale and the great work conducted there are highlighted in a 30-minute segment on ThinkTech on OC16 that premiered on Sunday 13 July at 10:30 pm HST. The show includes a tour of the state-of-the-art facility led by the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Educationís director Dave Karl.
The SOEST Graduate student blog “Real Science at SOEST” has posted a new article written by Geology & Geophysics(G&G) student Christine Waters, describing how she found a musical outlet that helped balance out her graduate school stress. Check it out, including a video of the UH Concert Band performing!
HI2: University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative
This special supplement to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser showcases the UH Innovation Initiative — HI2 —†and highlights several units and programs of the School. Please read the online publication here.