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.
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July 1, 2015 Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research Award Announcement
With our congratulations, HIGP is pleased to announce that two graduate students from the Department of Oceanography have been selected for one-year Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research. Sherry Chou is a graduate student with Glenn Carter. Chou's physical oceanography research on the ocean energy budget is focused on internal tides interaction with the Hawaiian Islands. Christopher Schvarcz is a graduate student with Grieg Steward. Schvarcz is pursuing biological oceanography research on marine phytoplankton and their viruses in Hawaiian waters. The fellowships were established by virtue of a very generous gift from the estate of Denise B. Evans. They support outstanding SOEST graduate students in many different fields of oceanographic research. For details, please visit the Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research website.
July 1, 2015 New Dates Determined for Aqueous Alteration on Chondritic Asteroids
A team of scientists led by former HIGP Post-Docs, Patricia M. Doyle (now at the University of Cape Town, South Africa) and Kaori Jogo (now at the Korea Polar Research Institute, Korea), and including Kazuhide Nagashima, Alexander Krot, and colleagues from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, University of Chicago, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, investigated aqueous alteration on asteroids. After synthesizing a new mineral standard for their analyses in the UH W. M. Keck Cosmochemistry Lab, the team's new 53Mn-53Cr radiometric dating of meteorite samples indicate that liquid water existed, and aqueous alteration started, on chondritic asteroids about three million years earlier than previously determined. These new dates have big implications on when and where the asteroids formed. See the paper published in Nature Communications and read more about it in the Planetary Science Research Discoveries online journal.
June 16, 2015 UH Mānoa and Hilo Team Secures NASA EPSCoR Funding to use UAVs to Study Active Volcanism
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