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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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Flossie model graphic New research reveals vog’s effects on Hawai‘i’s weather

One might assume that a tropical storm moving through volcanic smog (vog) would sweep up the tainted air and march on, unchanged. However, a recent study from atmospheric scientists at SOEST revealed that although they are microscopic, gasses and particles from Kilauea volcano exerted an influence on Tropical Storm Flossie — affecting the formation of thunderstorms and lightning in the sizable storm. “We have a lightning detection network. We found when the vog plume was entrained in the deep clouds associated with Flossie, there was a great enhancement of lightning,” said professor Steven Businger, co-author with graduate assistant and lead author Andre Pattantyus of the paper in Geophysical Research Letters.

Read more about it at KITV4, West Hawaii Today, and in the UH System News. Image courtesy of Pattantyus and Businger.

Closeup of Kina False killer whale helps study of hearing, echolocation

A pseudorca (Pseudorca crassidens), also called a false killer whale, is helping scientists at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) on Coconut Island with some very important research. Scientists say Kina is friendly, patient and incredibly smart — and the only false killer whale in the world dedicated to research. “We primarily look at the hearing and echolocation of dolphins and whales. We are really interested in how the animals hear and how they’re affected by loud sounds,” said Paul Nachtigall, director of the HIMB’s Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP).

Read more about it and watch the video at KHON2. Image courtesy of HIMB.

NEI wave energy conversion device photo Navy investing in Kāne‘ohe wave energy testing

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.

Read more about it in Kaunānā, Pacific Business News, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii News Now, and UH System News. Image courtesy of Northwest Energy Innovations.

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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