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HIGP is a multi-disciplinary institute conducting advanced research, technology development, teaching, workforce training, and service in cutting-edge oceanographic, atmospheric, geophysical, geological, and planetary science and engineering. We are a part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the Mānoa (Honolulu) campus of the University of Hawai‘i. Our Institute is home to approximately 100 faculty members, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students with access to state-of-the-art laboratories and instrumentation, research vessels, and far-ranging field sites. HIGP partners with the College of Engineering for satellite fabrication and launch through the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory. Our expertise spans the globe from pole to pole, from the deep Earth interior to the upper atmosphere, and extends to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

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November 20, 2014
Job Announcements:
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Postdoctoral Researcher (Elemental/Isotopic Analysis)
Postdoctoral Researcher (Chemical/Isotopic Analysis)

December 5, 2014
Comet Dust Found in Antarctica
comet dust found in Antarctica (CP MMs). HIGP Research Professor John Bradley is co-author on a paper "Cometary Dust in Antarctic Ice and Snow: Past and Present Chondritic Porous Micrometeorites Preserved on the Earth's Surface" appearing in the advance online issue of the January 15 volume of Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Researchers have discovered comet dust preserved in the ice and snow of Antarctica, the first time such particles have been found on Earth's surface. The discovery unlocks a promising new source of this material. The oldest astronomical particles available for study, comet dust can offer clues about how our Solar System formed. Until recently, the only way scientists could collect comet dust without going to space was by flying in the stratosphere using research planes equipped with specially-designed collectors. Read more about this research at news.sciencemag.org. Image courtesy of Takaaki Noguchi, Kyushu University.

November 18, 2014
Milton Garces Discusses XLR8UH on Bytemarks Café
Milton Garces was a guest on Bytemarks Cafe #323. Milton Garces (HIGP Associate Researcher and Infrasound Laboratory ISLA Director) appeared on Bytemarks Café to talk about his development of an Infrasound mobile app and his group's selection as one of seven student and faculty research teams for the inaugural cohort of the XLR8UH Proof of Concept Center startup accelerator. The Center will harvest promising UH research, develop talented UH entrepreneurs, and connect them to a diverse network of investors and businesses in a program designed to help bring research and products out of the lab and on to the market. Listen to the broadcast on the Bytemarks archive page; read more about XLR8UH in the Pacific Business News and the UH news release. Image courtesy of Bytemarks Café.

November 10, 2014
Dr. Rhett Butler HIGP Director, Rhett Butler, discusses attaching scientific sensors to new ocean telecommunication cables on Hawaii News Now. Watch the video.

October 27, 2014
U.N. Task Force Says New Ocean Telecom Cables Should be 'Green'
Apollo 16 view of North America and the Pacific Ocean. Apollo 16, AS16-118-18885.
A news item in Kaunānā, the research publication of the Univeristy of Hawai'i at Mānoa, highlights work by UH scientists and a United Nations task force. The official report was developed by the Science and Society Committee of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO/IOC), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Joint Task Force on Green Cables, under the leadership of Rhett Butler (HIGP Director). Access the report "The Scientific and Societal Case for the Integration of Enviornmental Sensors into New Submarine Telecommunication Cables" here: http://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-t/opb/tut/T-TUT-ICT-2014-03-PDF-E.pdf.

October 21, 2014
Image of samples being collected near munitions
The final phase of an Army-funded research effort began on October 21, 2014 to further investigate sea-disposed military munitions off the coast of O‘ahu. This research will take place south of Pearl Harbor at an area designated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as the Hawai‘i-05 (HI-05) site. It is a continuation of the Hawai’i Undersea Military Munitions Assessment (HUMMA), which used towed sidescan sonars, HURL submersibles, and remotely operated vehicles — including Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)’s Jason. “HUMMA has dramatically increased our understanding of what is happening at historical sea disposal sites,” stated HIGP researcher and principal investigator Margo Edwards.   See our related March 2014 news item.   Read more about it and watch the videos at KHON2 and KITV4 (autoplays); read more about in the Washington Post, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required), UH System News, PhysOrg, ABC News, West Hawaii Today, and Ka Leo. Image courtesy of UHM/HUMMA.

October 20, 2014
Tsunami Research Triggers Updates to Tsunami Evacuation Maps
tsunami warning icon--evacuate to high ground
The American Geophysical Union has issued a press release, "Massive Debris Pile Reveals Risk of Huge Tsunamis in Hawai'i," highlighting the research of HIGP Director, Rhett Butler who is lead author on a new paper in the current issue of Geophysical Research Letters. Coauthors are David Burney (National Tropical Botanical Garden) and David Walsh (Pacific Tsunami Warning Center). Their paper gives supporting evidence that a 500-year-old tsunami deposit on Kaua'i is linked to a magnitude 9+ earthquake in the eastern Aleutians. The findings have prompted Hawai'i officials to revise tsunami evacuation maps (that had been based in part on the 1946 tsunami) to account for the possibility of an extreme tsunami event in the future. The updated maps are expected by the end of this year. Read more about the research, including comments by Geophysicist Gerard Fryer (Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and HIGP affiliate faculty), in EarthSky–How Often Might Hawaii Get a Monster Tsunami? and NBC News–Debris Mass in Huge Sinkhole Shows Hawaii's Tsunami Risk: Study. See also the UH News Release.

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HIGP solves fundamental problems in Earth and Planetary Science by the development and application of state-of-the-art exploration, measurement, and data analysis technologies. HIGP serves society and the State of Hawai‘i by acquiring and disseminating new knowledge about the Earth and other planetary bodies, and developing and introducing leading edge technologies and a highly trained workforce to the State economy.

Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawai‘i
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