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 B. Ray Hawke's passing on January 24, 2015. A tireless advocate for lunar activity, researcher, teacher, mentor, colleague, friend—Dr. Hawke will be truly missed. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. A memorial gathering will be held in the Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center (POST building, room 544) on February 15 at 3:00 p.m. Please see the PRPDC page for more information. A remembrance written by Paul Spudis (Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston) posted at www.airspacemag.com recounts many scientific endeavors.
January 23, 2015 Large Fresh Water Supply Discovered on Hawaii Island
In March 2013, researchers from UH Mānoa and UH Hilo began drilling at an elevation of 6400 feet in the saddle region between the mountains of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island. HIGP's Donald Thomas is leading the effort. What they discovered seven months later may radically change conventional wisdom regarding the state’s most valuable resource: fresh water. “The conventional model that we worked with for years and years is that we have a relatively thin basal fresh water lens,” he said. “We found something just completely different. The stable water table in the saddle is not 500 feet above sea level. It’s more like 4500 feet above sea level.” Read more about it and watch the video in the UH System News and on the SOEST video page. See coverage at Hawaii News Now. Also read more in the report in EOS. Image courtesy of UH Mānoa.
January 20, 2015 Observations of Earth's Erupting Volcanoes
The HGGRC online repository provides historical and newly developed information relating to groundwater and geothermal resources in Hawaii. HGGRC strives to increase access to data regarding these resources, encourage research and innovation in water management and geothermal energy, provide an informational platform for the public, and supply policymakers with the necessary information to optimally utilize Hawaii's natural resources.
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