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.
May 16, 2016 New Research Estimates the Probability of Mega-earthquake in the Aleutians
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 Hawaii. 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.
The University of Hawaii 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
HIGP and SOEST are pleased to share the news that the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Chancellor, Robert Bley-Vroman, has announced Dr. Luke Flynn (HIGP Faculty Specialist, Director of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory, and Director of Hawaii 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.
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. Margo H. Edwards, Interim Director
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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.