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Wednesdays in POST 544 at 2 p.m.
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Upcoming seminars:
Tues., Aug. 25, 7:30pm in POST 544: Chris Peterson (Manager, Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center, HIGP) "The Pluto-Charon System: Early Results from the New Horizons Flyby" [Hawai'i Space Lecture Series]

Wed., Aug. 26, 2:00pm in POST 544: Jin Zhang (RCUH Research Scientist) "Is Earth's Upper Mantle Pyrolitic...Or Not?" [HIGP Seminar Series]

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HIGP Supported Entities
Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes

Hawai‘i Groundwater & Geothermal Resources Center

Hawai‘i Mapping Research Group

Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory

Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium

Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center

HIGP Web Sites
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HawaiiView: Satellite Remote Sensing Data and Images

Hotspots: Global Space-borne Volcano and Fire Thermal Monitoring

PSRD: Planetary Science Research Discoveries educational website

The Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research

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University of Hawai‘i, NASA Astrobiology Institute

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Commitment to a Drug-Free Campus
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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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August 20, 2015
UH Mānoa Receives Top Ranking for Earth and Environmental Science
International Space Station image of Oahu showing location of UH Manoa campus on Oahu. Image ISS022E014560, courtesy of Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is ranked the 15th university in the world for earth and environmental science according to this year's Nature Index. Anchored by the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), UHM ranked higher than nearly 8,000 other institutions. For more see the UH Kaunānā News Release.

August 6, 2015
Leadership Transition at the Applied Research Lab of UH
Dr. Margo Edwards HIGP Researcher, Margo Edwards has been appointed Interim Executive Director of the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i (ARL/UH). Edwards' previous leadership experience includes technical director of ocean environmental effects at ARL/UH and Center Director of the UH-based U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Center of Excellence for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environment Security. For more see the UH News Release and the ARL website.

July 31, 2015
Planetary Volcanology Analogs: New Online Resource
Link to Planetary Volcanology Analogs website The NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center (PRPDC) located at UH Mānoa, has launched an online resource highlighting sites in Hawai‘i as planetary volcano analogs. PRPDC Director, Peter Mouginis-Mark, encourages students and the public to enjoy the images and posters about volcanoes on the planets and read more about specific volcanic landforms with comparisons to field locations in Hawai‘i. Visit the Planetary Volcanology Analogs website.

July 29, 2015
Research on Extreme Tsunami Changing Evacuation Maps for Hawaiian Islands
tsunami warning icon--evacuate to high ground Hawai‘i officials have released the first revised tsunami evaucation maps that account for the possibilitiy of an extreme tsunami event in the future. For more see the HIGP October 2014 news item. Watch the Big Island Video News segment, the KITV News segment, and the Hawaii News Now segment about the release of new evacuation maps and smartphone app. Click < here > for the listing of evacuation zone maps for Oahu from the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Emergency Management. Emergency officials across the state are updating maps for the islands.

July 23, 2015
HIGP Director's Report for FY14-15
Link to Director's report for FY14-15

HIGP Director, Rhett Butler, releases the Director's Report for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.

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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 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
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  

Director's Report for Fiscal Year 14-15, by Dr. Rhett Butler (posted July 23, 2015)

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