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A mobile high-tech Doppler radar unit — “Doppler on Wheels” (DOW) — used to see where rain, hail, and snow fall, has been brought to the island of O’ahu on loan from the National Science Foundation (NSF). University of Hawai‘i Meteorology Department students and members of the National Weather Service (NWS) have been given a chance to study the weather with the DOW. Meteorology Department assistant professor Michael Bell is interviewed in this Hawaii News Now report about the high-resolution system.
A World War II-era Imperial Japanese Navy mega-submarine, the I-400, lost since 1946 when it was intentionally scuttled by U.S. forces after its capture, has been discovered in more than 2,300 feet of water off the southwest coast of O‘ahu. The discovery resolves a decades-old Cold War mystery of just where the lost submarine lay. The new discovery of the I-400 was led by HURL operations director and chief submarine pilot Terry Kerby. Since 1992, HURL has used its manned submersibles Pisces IV and Pisces V to hunt for submarines and other submerged cultural resources as part of the NOAA maritime heritage research effort.
How much and what kind of debris the storm surge from super typhoon Haiyan washed into the ocean as it struck the city of Tacloban, the Philippines, on 08 November 2013 is not yet known. Should such debris have been generated, however, a large fraction would be expected to move westward through the Philippine Archipelago into the South China Sea, according to a model adapted from the one developed for the 2011 Fukushima tsunami debris by Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner at IPRC.
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“Power-down period” for the UH Mānoa campus is:
~6pm 24 Dec 2013–01 Jan 2014
C-MORE Hale, MSB, HIG, and POST will be open. Holmes Hall information is here (see “Mānoa Green Days ‘Power Down’”). Campus Security will secure MSB at 5:30pm, and POST at 10:30pm.
Both Fiscal and Personnel Office will be closed on 26, 27, 30 & 31 Dec 2013. The Dean’s Office will be open 8am–4:30pm, M–F, except public holidays. For additional information, please visit the main MGD website, which includes the MGD Memo (PDF).
Nominations and applications are sought for the position of Director, Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP). For more information, please download the advertisement PDF or visit the HIGP search web page.
Nominations and applications are sought for the position of Director, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine
Biology (HIMB). For more information, please download the advertisement PDF or visit the HIMB search web page; also, download the flyer PDF.
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.