Profile: Roy Hardy

Meet Roy Hardy — the Groundwater Program Manager for the Hawaii State Commission on Water Resources Management. A civil engineer for the State since 1987, Roy oversees the management of groundwater across the state.

For the Hawaii Scientific Drilling Project, Roy and our senior researcher Donald Thomas were exploring the Big Island’s deep freshwater aquifers.

Roy serves on the advisory council for the Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

During his free time, Roy keeps physically fit with his wife and exercise partner Tisha Hardy.

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New Insights into the Groundwater Hydrology of Maunakea and Hawaiʻi Island

In a public presentation, “New Insights into the Groundwater Hydrology of Maunakea and Hawaiʻi Island,” our senior researcher Dr. Donald Thomas shared his lifelong research, which spanned more than two decades in Hawaiʻi Island’s groundwater system.

According to his research, the Big Island contains far more stored groundwater than originally thought. Geophysical surveys and cored research holes have identified buried geological structures, which are related to the volcanic history of each of the island’s volcanoes. These geological structures barriers can hold water for thousands of years and even force water to flow far below sea level. Dr. Thomas also discussed the implications of his finding for future management of Hawaiʻi’s water supplies.

Over sixty people attended Dr. Thomas’ talk at the Moanahoku Hall, ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, Big Island, at 7 pm, Thursday, June 21, 2018.

This presentation was part of the Maunakea Speaker Series. This monthly scholar-focused presentation series is offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai’i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai’i. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. For more information visit malamamaunakea.org or call 808-933-0734.

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Geothermal Energy in Hawaii (Research In Manoa)

As Hawaii strives toward 100% renewable energy, geothermal represents the cheapest and most reliable baseload energy source. This week on Research in Manoa, Dr. Nicole Lautze joins Pete Mouginis-Marrk to discuss why geothermal energy is a viable energy resource for Hawaii, what is the relative cost, and where could we look?

Geothermal Energy in Hawaii (Research In Manoa)
Apr 30, 2018, ThinkTech Hawaii
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfjGTy-aEWE

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Keynote Speaker Nicole Lautze Inspires Girls at STEM Conference

As the keynote speaker, our Director Nicole Lautze encouraged girls in grades 6 to 9 to pursue STEM fields at AAUW Honolulu’s Tech Savvy Conference (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). A successful female scientist, Nicole shared her STEM journey and gave words of wisdom to the 80+ girls at the conference.

The Tech Savvy conference was a day-long conference to encourage young ladies to pursue STEM fields. This year’s conference took place at the Hawaii Loa Campus of Hawaii Pacific University in Kaneohe on April 21, 2018.

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Fate of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Groundwater: Lessons for Hawaii and Red Hill from a Terrestrial Oil Spill Study

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Our Director Nicole Lautze organized this event:

“Fate of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Groundwater: Lessons for Hawaii and Red Hill from a Terrestrial Oil Spill Study”
By Dr. Barbara Bekins, June 5, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Mānoa Campus, HIG 210

The oldest continuous study of a terrestrial oil spill in the world began in 1983 by the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 1979, over 10,000 barrels of a light, paraffinic crude oil spilled from a pipeline rupture onto forested land on the outskirts of the town of Bemidji in northern Minnesota. The oil composition is dominated by saturated hydrocarbons (58–61%), with aromatics representing most of the remainder. Each of these compound classes has different fates.

The aromatic fraction, most notably benzene, has traditionally been of greatest regulatory concern because of its toxicity and mobility. The aromatics dissolve into in the groundwater according to their relative solubilities, and migrate as a contaminant plume.

Today benzene concentrations in the oil are 22 to 42% of those in freshly spilled oil, and concentrations entering the groundwater are decreasing. The saturated hydrocarbons are mostly poorly soluble alkanes that degrade within the oil body source zone to methane and CO2. Most of the produced methane migrates upward and is oxidized to CO2 and water, before reaching the surface. In the groundwater contaminant plume, benzene is biodegraded by iron-reducing bacteria, which utilize natural iron oxy-hydroxide coatings on the aquifer sediments. The largest organic carbon fraction in the contaminant plume consists of partial oxidation products of the oil compounds. Over 14,000 individual compounds are present in this largely unregulated fraction, but concentrations and toxicity decrease with distance from the oil source as oxygen contents increase through biotransformation.

These results could have implications for use of monitored natural attenuation (MNA) as a remedial strategy at leaking underground storage sites in Hawaii, including the Navy’s Red Hill Bulk Storage Facility.

Barbara is a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division. She studies biodegradation of crude oil and nitrate contamination in groundwater and specializes in integrating field and laboratory observations using computer models. She also studies the generation of fluid overpressures and their effect on fault strength.

Event Sponsor: Water Resources Research Center/Ike Wai, Mānoa Campus
Information: (808) 956-3097, wrrc@hawaii.edu

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Ililani Media: Statewide Hawai`i Geothermal Power Plants Explored

The U. S. Department of Energy, Geothermal Technologies Office announced the availability of funds in 2014 to spur geothermal energy development through PFA.

The Hawai`i Play Fairway project, funded in part by DOE-Geothermal Technologies Office Award DE-EE0006729, sought to compile and integrate all geothermal-relevant data to show the probability of encountering a geothermal resource.

Statewide Hawai`i Geothermal Power Plants Explored
By Henry Curtis, February 23, 2018, Ililani Media
http://www.ililani.media/2018/02/statewide-hawaii-geothermal-power.html

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Don Thomas Won the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to Dr. Donald Thomas — he won the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western States Seismic Policy Council!

The WSSPC Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes leaders in earthquake risk reduction. Throughout their careers, the recipients demonstrated an extraordinary commitment, level of service, and application of earthquake risk reduction to public policy.

His biography by WSSPC:

Donald Thomas, Ph.D., is the Director of the University of Hawaii (UH) at Hilo’s Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV) as well as a long-standing member of the Hawaii Earthquake and Tsunami Advisory Committee (HETAC). For many years, Dr. Thomas has been doing the work necessary to keep people and the government fully educated and engaged – from scientific inquiry and research, to training and outreach, to undergraduate education – in hazards, mitigation, and monitoring of seismic activity. His dedication to the work has changed the way responders, builders, scientists, policy makers and the general public view, prepare for and respond to earthquakes.

A noteworthy example of his tireless efforts to promote hazard mitigation and awareness in Hawaii is making home earthquake retrofits accessible to homeowners. Don and his students took the detailed and complex designs for retrofitting post-and-pier foundations of homes damaged in the Kiholo Bay earthquake in 2006 and developed an online expert system that walked the homeowner step-by-step through the retrofit selection process. Based on identifying key elements of construction types, the expert system would determine the appropriate retrofit system, output construction drawings that homeowners or contractors could use to implement the retrofit, and provide a shopping list of hardware required to install the retrofit.

The WSSPC featured Don in its February 2018 newsletter (bottom image — click to enlarge).

The Western States Seismic Policy Council is the primary regional organization representing the western states, Pacific provinces, and territories supporting policies of the earthquake and tsunami programs that will reduce losses from earthquakes and their effects.

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Director Nicole Lautze Wins C3E Award

Our director, Dr. Nicole Lautze won the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Award for Education. She accepted her award at the sixth annual C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium in Cambridge, MA, on November 15, 2017.

The U.S. C3E Awards recognize mid-career women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishments in clean energy. MITEI and the Stanford Precourt Institute sponsor these awards.

Nicole’s biography by C3E Awards:

Nicole Lautze is Associate Faculty at the University of Hawaii Manoa (UHM), where she founded the Hawaii Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center (HGGRC).

During her five-year tenure at UHM, she has mentored more than 30 undergraduate and graduate students and has been granted nearly $2 million as lead investigator.

She leads a team of senior scientists in the development of an updated geothermal resource assessment for the state of Hawaii. The resource assessment involves the compilation and collection of geological, geochemical, and geophysical data across the state, and the development and implementation of a statistical methodology that integrates the data into a geothermal resource probability map.

She previously led a geothermal digitization effort for the state that culminated in the launch of www.higp.hawaii.edu/hggrc in 2015. The HGGRC website is a community resource that has received tens of thousands of hits and more than 150,000 document downloads since launch.

The Hawaii legislature set a policy objective that the state be 100% renewable by 2045, but there is surprisingly little discussion of better characterizing the state’s geothermal resource potential, a situation that Lautze is trying to change.

She holds a BS in Geology from UCLA and a PhD in Geology and Geophysics from University of Hawaii Manoa. She received two Fulbright fellowships (to Italy and Peru), a National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship (to Italy), and a U.S. Geological Survey Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellowship.

https://c3eawards.org/

 

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Director Nicole Lautze Wins Clean Energy Award

November 2017

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Congratulates 2017 Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Awardees
U.S. Department of Energy | news release
“Education – Nicole Lautze, an associate faculty member at the University of Hawaii Manoa, where she founded the Hawaii Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center. She leads a team of senior scientists in the development of an updated geothermal resource assessment for the state of Hawaii.”

Morning Shakas: UH Researcher Honored
KITV | video
KITV’s morning segment congratulates Dr. Nicole Lautze for winning the 2017 Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Award.

UH Manoa Researcher Honored for Clean Energy Education and Empowerment
Kaunana | research publication of the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Nicole Lautze: 2017 Award Winner
Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Awards | profile

C3EUSA, Hawaii: Geothermalist Nicole Lautze Wins Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Award
Global Geothermal News | blog
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UH Manoa Research Honored for Clean Energy Education and Empowerment

University of Hawaii | news release

December 7, 2017

A Bipartisan Message of Clean Energy Progress
MIT Energy News | University magazine

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Army taps consortium to find water for training area high up Hawaiian volcano

April 7, 2017
Army taps consortium to find water for training area high up Hawaiian volcano
Public Works Digest via Defense Video Imagery Distribution System | news article
“Dr. Donald Thomas has been a frequent visitor to the high plateau saddle between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. The geochemist … likes to drill holes into the mountain. … [The research] documented for the first time two significant aquifers amid a generally porous geologic zone. One was a perched groundwater pocket … The team also found a second aquifer, deeper down, that was huge and hot — 280 degrees F. … Thomas is now looking for ways, through CESU, to help the installation document the extent, quality and availability of the perched aquifer as a potable water source.”

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2017 ThinkTech Hawaii

September 2017

Latest Research in Hawaii’s Geothermal Resource
ThinkTech Hawaii | video
Dr. Nicole Lautze discusses geothermal and clean energy in Hawaii with host Jay Fidell and Sharon Moriwaki (co-chair of the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum).


January 2017

Groundwater and Geothermal Discoveries in Hawaii with Nicole Lautze
ThinkTech Hawaii | video
Dr. Nicole Lautze shares her research on geothermal and sustainable energy, physical volcanology and natural hazards. We learn how Nicole’s work has advanced the Hawai’i Groundwater & Geothermal Resources Center.


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2016 News

October 2016

Amazing Fresh Water Discoveries
ThinkTech Hawaii | video
Dr. Donald Thomas’ remarks at the recent Science Cafe meeting and his research at the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes.


July 2016

Advances in Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Resources: Where Are We?
ThinkTech Hawaii | video
How far along is Hawaii in terms of its renewable energy goals? Which renewable generation sources have been the most effective thus far? The Hawai‘i State Energy Office’s Renewable Energy Branch Chief, Veronica Rocha, and Donald Thomas of the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes address these questions.


March 2016

New Techniques for Looking Under the Ground
ThinkTech Hawaii | video
Dr. Donald Thomas and Jay Fidell discuss new techniques for looking underground.

 


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2015 News — First Half

April 17, 2015

KITVUH to start Hualalai geothermal study
KITV | video
Geologists want to see if there is energy under the volcano that can be tapped for geothermal power.


March 30, 2015

ThinkTech_How Hot is Your Hawaii imageHow Hot is Your Hawaii? New Geothermal Resources Center
ThinkTech Hawaii | a television show interview with Dr. Nicole Lautze and Jay Fidell

 


March 24, 2015

Image result Geothermal Exploration Coming To Kona
Big Island Video News | news article

Hualalai geothermal study planned
West Hawaii Today | news article

Hualalai geothermal study planned
West Hawaii Today via Hawaii Tribune-Herald | news article

Big Island volcano geothermal study planned
KITV | news article and video

Big Island volcano geothermal study planned
Associated Press via Hawaii News Now | news article

Researcher seeks permit for geothermal study at Hualalai volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island
Associated Press via The Washington Times | news article

Hualalai Geothermal Study Planned
Global Geothermal News, Geothermal Resources Council | blog entry

Geothermal Study Planned for Hualalai
Civil Beat | news article


March 18, 2015

Ground Water UH website makes groundwater research public
Ka Leo O Hawaii | news article

 


March 10, 2015

Hawaii: Groundwater and geothermal data compiled for first time
International Association of Hydrogeologists 


March 5, 2015

New database a tool in groundwater, geothermal discussions
West Hawaii Today | news article


March 3, 2015

Image result for hawaii public radioDr. Lautze’s interview regarding HGGRC aired on Hawaii Public Radio (an affiliate of NPR).

Hawaii Public Radio | audio clip


March 2, 2015

Hawaiʻi groundwater and geothermal data compiled for first time
University of Hawaii at Manoa | press release

Hawaiʻi groundwater and geothermal data compiled for first time
University of Hawaii (UH) News | press release


January 23, 2015

humuula1Large fresh water supply discovered by UH researchers on Hawaiʻi Island
UH News
| news article

 

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Unexpected discovery in Humuula saddle region prompts new test

February 18, 2014

HIGHER WATERS: Unexpected discovery in Humuula saddle region prompts new tests
Hawaii Tribune-Herald | news article

“Unexpectedly high water in the Humuula saddle region, between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, prompted a University of Hawaii researcher to seek a new site for additional tests.

Donald Thomas, director of the university’s Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes, in 2012, received permission to drill two bore holes to collect core samples. While drilling the first sample, Thomas said, scientists got some interesting preliminary results.

“We found water that was at a higher elevation than expected,” Thomas said.

They found the first thin band of water about 500 feet below the surface. A thicker band was present at about 700 feet, and a regional water table was at 1,800 feet, Thomas said.

“That’s considerable shallower than we anticipated,” he added.

Because of those preliminary findings, Thomas decided to seek a new site, about seven miles from the original one, to check to see how widespread that water table is. … Click for more

http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/higher-waters-unexpected-discovery-humuula-saddle-region-prompts-new-tests

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