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Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT)

The Hawaii Ocean Time-series program has been making repeat measurements at Station ALOHA since 1988. Such time series observations are necessary for helping to build an understanding of how changes in Earth’s climate are influencing marine life. This video was submitted into the Ocean180 Film Challenge, sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence.

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Micrograph of comet dust particle Air quality in Pahoa monitored by temporary devices

Three temporary particulate monitors have been installed in the Pahoa area of Hawai‘i Island by the Hawai’i State Department of Health (DOH). These devices measure air quality levels from the June 27 lava flow; the results are posted for residents to see at Clean Air Branch on the state DOH web site. The Department of Atmospheric Sciences (ATMO) has also developed a model to forecast the lava flow smoke in Puna as part of the Vog Measurement and Prediction Project (VMAP). Health officials recommend residents in smoke affected areas avoid outdoor activities — and anyone with respiratory illness or heart disease — along with older adults and children are urged to avoid smoke exposure.

Read more about it in Big Island Now and Hawaii News Now. Image courtesy Hawaii News Now.

graphic of East Pacific hurricane tracks El Niño’s fueling effect on intense hurricanes

El Niño, the abnormal warming of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, is a well-studied tropical climate phenomenon that occurs every few years. Scientists have observed that El Niño greatly influences the yearly variations of tropical cyclones (a general term that includes hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones) in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Fei-Fei Jin and Julien Boucharel of SOEST, and I-I Lin at the National Taiwan University recently published a paper in the journal Nature that reports on their discovery of an oceanic pathway that brings El Niño’s heat into the Northeastern Pacific basin two or three seasons after its winter peak — right in time to directly fuel intense hurricanes in that region.

Read more about in the UH System News, EurekAlert!, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required), Hawaii 24/7, Reporting Climate Science, Kaunānā, and Raising Islands. Image courtesy F.-F. Jin / SOEST; click on it to see the full version.

image of USS Kailua's wheel Intact “ghost ship” discovered off the coast of O‘ahu

Researchers from the Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries(NMS) have announced the discovery of an intact “ghost ship” in 2,000 feet of water nearly 20 miles off the coast of O‘ahu. Sitting upright, its solitary mast still standing and the ship’s wheel still in place, the hulk of the former cable ship Dickenson, later the USS Kailua, was found on the seabed last year on a maritime heritage submersible mission with HURL’s submersible pilot Terry Kerby. “It is always a thrill when you are closing in on a large sonar target with the Pisces submersible and you don’t know what big piece of history is going to come looming out of the dark,” said Kerby.

Read more about it and watch the video at KHON2 and Popular Mechanics; read about it in UH System News, NBC News; Honolulu Civil Beat, Kaunānā, The Guardian, Science 2.0, LiveScience, and EurekAlert!. Image courtesy of HURL; click on it to see the full version.

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