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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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ThinkTech Hawaii logo ThinkTech Hawai‘i–Research at UH Mānoa: Talk Shows in May with HIGP:
  • Bin Chen, May 2, The Core: Mineral Physics—Journey to the Center of the Earth [ video link ]
  • Richard Hey, May 16, A Closer Look at Nascent Rifting— Oceanographic Expeditions in Iceland and North America [ video link ]
See the: HIGP 2015/2016 Talk Show Schedule.

May 16, 2016
New Research Estimates the Probability of Mega-earthquake in the Aleutians
Map showing location of the Aleutians with respect to Hawaii. A new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research–Solid Earth by lead author, HIGP Researcher Rhett Butler, with Neil Frazer (UH Geology & Geophysics) and William Templeton (now at Portland State University) reports the probability of a Magnitude 9+ earthquake in the Aleutian Islands—an event with sufficient power to create a mega-tsunami especially threatening to Hawai‘i. See the reference: Butler, R., L. N. Frazer, and W. J. Templeton (2016), Bayesian Probabilities for Mw 9.0+ Earthquakes in the Aleutian Islands from a Regionally Scaled Global Rate, Journal of Geophysical Research–Solid Earth, v. 120, doi: 10.1002/2016JB012861.

Read more about the current results at UH Mānoa News, Hawai‘i News Now, and the Hawai‘i Tribune Herald.

See the related HIGP October 2014 news item on tsunami research and HIGP July 2015 news item on revised tsunami evacuation maps for Hawai‘i.

May 5, 2016
NOAA's 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas
NOAA Okeanos Explorer-2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas. HIGP Researcher Patty Fryer is participating in the NOAA expedition: 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas. Running from April 20 to July 10, 2016, NOAA and partners are conducting three cruise legs on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information of unknown and poorly known areas in and around the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The team will be exploring mud volcanoes, hydrothermal vent sites, bottomfish habitats, deep-sea coral and sponge communities, seamounts, subduction zone areas, and trench areas. Read background information: Geology of the Mariana Convergent Plate Region written by Bill Chadwack (Oregon State University and NOAA/PMEL) and Patty Fryer. Watch the amazing Live Video from the Okeanos Explorer. For more information, please visit the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas homepage.

May 5, 2016
Emeritus Faculty
Dr. Ed Scott, Emeritus Professor HIGP/SOEST/UH Manoa. The University of Hawai‘i President, Board of Regents, and UH Mānoa Chancellor have named Dr. Edward Scott an Emeritus Professor in HIGP. Dr. Scott began his research and teaching career at HIGP in 1990, moving here from the Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico. Among his accomplishments are the publication of over 150 reviewed research papers, service as President of the international Meteoritical Society, and receiving the 2008 Leonard Medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions in meteoritics and cosmochemistry. Congratulations Emeritus Professor Scott, and continued success in your research endeavors. Photo courtesy of Linda Martel.

May 3, 2016
Luke Flynn Receives 2016 UH Mānoa Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Service
Dr. Luke Flynn, Faculty Specialist HIGP/SOEST/UH Manoa. HIGP and SOEST are pleased to share the news that the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Chancellor, Robert Bley-Vroman, has announced Dr. Luke Flynn (HIGP Faculty Specialist, Director of the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory, and Director of Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium) as the 2016 recipient of the UH Mānoa Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Service by a Faculty Specialist. The award recognizes Flynn's "outstanding service, heart-felt dedication, and noble contributions" at HIGP. Flynn received the award at the ceremony in Kennedy Theatre on May 2, 2016. In addition, as the award recipient, Flynn's celebrated achievements will be considered for the Governor's Award for Distinguished State Service. Congratulations! Photo courtesy of Peter Mouginis-Mark.

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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.

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Top banner images: HIGP excels in advanced research, teaching, and service. Our expertise spans the globe from pole to pole, from the depths of the seas to the tops of volcanoes, and extends to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. These images show, from left to right: satellite communication dish, a map of tsunami wave heights, map of mid-ocean ridge/seafloor spreading, the IMI (Imaging and Mapping Instrument) deep-towed ocean sonar system, Earth's Moon, active Hawaiian lava flow, Mars, a meteorite collected in Antarctica, and GPS field station.

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