Upcoming seminars: Wed., April 16, 2:00 p.m. in POST 544: Patricia Doyle (HIGP and UH NASA Astrobiology Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow) "Early Onset of Aqueous Alteration in Ordinary and Carbonaceous Chondrites" [HIGP Seminar Series]
Tues., April 22, 7:30 p.m. in POST 544: Lionel Wilson (Emeritus Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Lancaster University and HIGP Affiliate Faculty) "Volcanic Activity on Early Mercury" [Hawai'i Space Lecture Series] HIGP Supported Entities
• Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes
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 Hawaii. 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 Hawaii 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.
Rhett Butler (April 21-22) Interim Director, HIGP; Jonathan Dehn (April 28-29) Research Professor, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks; John LaBrecque (May 1-2) Lead, Earth Surface and Interior Focus Area, NASA Science Mission Directorate
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April 3, 2014 U.H. Infrasound Laboratory Partners on New $25-million Project to Improve Nuclear Arms Control Verification Technology
Funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and led from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, a 13-university team will work with eight national laboratories under the newly established consortium called the Center for Verification Technology. Milton Garces, HIGP Associate Researcher and Director of the U.H. Infrasound Laboratory will lead the infrasound work, which will include graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. The consortium's overall mission covers research and development in nuclear arms control verification technologies, including nuclear safeguards effectiveness. In addition to the University of Michigan and University of Hawaii, the consortium includes: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton, Columbia, North Carolina State, Pennsylvania State, Duke, University of Wisconsin, University of Florida, Oregon State, Yale, and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; and several national laboratories, including Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, Sandia, Lawrence Berkeley, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest and Idaho. For more, see the Press Releases from NNSA and Michigan News.
March 31, 2014
Acknowledging the 50-year anniversary of the great Alaska earthquake of March 27, 1964, the local media has spotlighted current assessments of megaquakes, tsunamis, warning systems, and coastal evaucation plans affecting Hawaii. HIGP Interim Director Rhett Butler and HIGP affiliate faculty and senior geophysicist at NOAA's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Gerard Fryer are among those quoted in the March 27, 2014 Honolulu Star-Advertiser article: "9.2 Earthquake Changed Thinking about Tsunamis" (subscription required). Image of Kodiak, Alaska courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.
March 29, 2014 Scientists Continue to Investigate Effects of Sea-Disposed Military Munitions and Chemical Warfare Material
On March 29, an underwater remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) owned and operated by University of Hawaii–Mānoa School of Ocean Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) was used in the fifth and final phase of an Army-funded research effort to further investigate sea-disposed military munitions. This work took place at a deep-water site south of Pearl Harbor. Margo Edwards, HIGP Researcher and CIMES Director, is the Principal Investigator leading the expedition. In her news release in Kaunānā, Dr. Edwards said, "The Hawaii Undersea Military Munitions Assessment, or HUMMA, has dramatically increased our understanding of what is happening at historical sea disposal sites. We've been able to bound the areas affected, characterize the method of disposal to focus on specific types of munitions, and measure the infiltration of munitions constituents into the surrounding sediments at levels on the order of parts per million. We have also collected specimens living in direct contact with the munitions, but have not found evidence to suggest that the munitions constituents are affecting them. In contrast, our research shows that several types of animals use the munitions as habitats."
U.H. is undertaking this research in partnership with the U.S. Army, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Environet, Inc., a local environmental consulting firm. Dr. Edwards further said, "We have been sharing the methods developed and results discovered by U.H. at international meetings in support of an open dialogue for a global problem." In that spirit, the expedition hosted observers from Australia and Europe. These international partnerships support a primary goal of UH's Hawaii Innovation Initiative (HI2) —broadly transitioning our research and knowledge to enhance global understanding. Read more about the project and watch video at KITV4, Hawaii News Now, and KHON2; read more about it in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required) and Kaunānā. Image courtesy of HUMMA.
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HIGP Mission Statement
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 Hawaii 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.
Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawaii
1680 East-West Road,
Pacific Ocean Science & Technology (POST) Building, Room 602
Honolulu, HI 96822
Office Phone: 808.956.8760
Fax: 808.956.3188 Dr. Rhett Butler, Interim Director