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.
With deep sadness, we share the news of John Balogh's passing on November 14, 2015. A Mechanical Engineer in HIGP since 1970, John's work made the HIGP high-pressure mineral physics lab one of the five top versatile high-pressure labs in the world. His significant contributions in designing, constructing, and maintaining the state-of-the art facilities have enabled innumerable students, researchers, and faculty members to carry out first-time unique high P-T experiments here and at the synchrotron X-ray source at Argonne National Laboratory. John will be truly missed. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at Our Lady of Good Council, 1525 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City. Viewing will be 8:30-10:00 am and mass will follow. HIGP photo.
Nov. 13, 2015 UH Researchers Shed New Light on the Origins of Earth's Water
Nov. 13, 2015 Hawaii Space Grant Consortium Celebrates 25 Years
On November 21, 2015 the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium (HSGC) will celebrate its 25th anniversary. A wide-ranging community educational program supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), HSGC promotes studies in scientific fields related to space. These fields include astronomy, geology, meteorology, oceanography, mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, and life sciences. Chartered under the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, HSGC programs are dedicated to the development and support of future scientists and engineers. HSGC is composed of ten institutions of higher learning including UH Mānoa, UH Hilo, the University of Guam, and seven UH Community Colleges (Hawaii, Honolulu, Kapiolani, Kauai, Leeward, Maui, and Windward). Participation in Space Grant programs provides new opportunities for our full-time students to explore space related fields. Expanded opportunities for space education through the efforts of the HSGC extend to K-12 teachers and students. Formal recognition of the 25th anniversary will be part of the HSGC Fellowship and Traineeship Symposium scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hawaii Imin International Conference Center at Jefferson Hall on Dole Street. For additional information, please visit HSGC. Congratulations!
November 11, 2015 In Remembrance
With deep sadness, we share the news of Barry Lienert's passing on November 8, 2015. He was an Associate Specialist in HIGP with research interests in electromagnetic methods, inverse theory, earthquake location methods, and LIDAR. His recent activities included work on the "3D conductivity structure in the saddle between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, relevant to groundwater and geothermal exploration," according to HIGP Director, Rhett Butler, who knew Barry since 1978. He will be truly missed. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 10:30 am, at the Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary, 1150 Kikowaena St., Honolulu 96819. Image, screen shot from September 21, 2015, courtesy of ThinkTech Hawaii.
Nov. 10, 2015 More Launches Ahead for UH's Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory
Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) is currently preparing for five space launches in the next two years with more opportunities on the horizon. "Hawaii and the University of Hawaii are now considered players in the aerospace industry," said HSFL Director Luke Flynn. Read more about this and related posts at UH News. See also the video news report from Hawaii News Now with HSFL Avionics Engineer Amber Imai-Hong and UH Engineering student Chase Yasunaga speaking about HSFL and the STEM opportunities for students to work on future space launches.
Nov. 3, 2015 Rocket Launch from Hawaii Carrying UH Payload Experiences Anomaly, but is a STEM Success for Students
On November 3, 2015, the U.S. Navy along with the U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space Office, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, the University of Hawaii Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory, the Pacific Missile Range Facility and Aerojet Rocketdyne Corp. launched a rocket from Hawaii. If successful, it would have been the first satellite launched to orbit from Hawaii. Unfortunately, the experimental launch vehicle experienced an anomaly a minute into the flight. "The ORS-4 mission on an experimental Super Strypi launch vehicle failed in mid-flight shortly after liftoff at 5:45 p.m.," the U.S. Air Force said in a statement the night of the launch. ORS is currently assessing the cause. Read more about this and related posts at UH News. Also see the video news report from Hawaii News Now. "What happened today, this is a tremendous success for the University of Hawaii, UH spokesman Dan Meisenzahl told Hawaii News Now. "We had about 150 students doing work on this program. They built a satellite, it met every milestone and passed every test. And they delivered it on time. This is a tremendous step forward."
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, Director