43rd Stanford Geothermal Workshop

It’s conference time — the 43rd Stanford Geothermal Workshop — one of the longest running geothermal technical meetings!
 
At Stanford University, we’ll share geothermal knowledge with engineers, scientists and managers and will present findings of phase 2 of the Hawaii Play Fairway project.
 
“Review of the Hawaii Play Fairway Project Phase 2 Activities”
Researchers: Nicole Lautze, Donald Thomas, Garrett Ito, Neil Frazer, Stephen Martel, Nicholas Hinz, Robert Whittier
 
Intro: Electricity prices in the State of Hawaii are the highest in the US and about double the national average, in part because roughly 80% of Hawaii’s energy is from imported petroleum. The Hawaiian Islands are volcanic in origin, yet the extent of the State of Hawaii’s geothermal resource is largely uncharacterized. A statewide geothermal resource assessment published in 1985 found a potential resource on all islands. Since that date, little additional exploration was undertaken, until this Play Fairway project. The project has been a major step forward for the State of Hawaii, providing an updated resource assessment, a roadmap for additional exploration activities, and identification of target sites for drilling.
 
Abstract: The Hawaii Play Fairway project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, comprises three Phases. In Phase 1, existing geologic, groundwater, and geophysical datasets relevant to subsurface heat, fluid and permeability were identified, compiled, and ranked. We also developed a statistical methodology to integrate these data into a resource probability map. Phase 2 of the project has involved the collection of new groundwater data in ten prospective regions across the state; collection of new geophysical data on Lanai, Maui, and central Hawaii Island; and modeling of topographically induced stresses – the last to better characterize permeability. Phase 2 data were incorporated into an updated resource probability map. Here, we present results of the Phase 2 data collection and modeling activities, and comment on Phase 3 plans.
 
43rd Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering
Stanford University
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Nicole Lautze & Women In Renewable Energy

Director Dr. Nicole Lautze (second from left) shared her scientific knowledge in a panel for Women In Renewable Energy. “The State and Future of Geothermal, Biodiesel and Biogas in Hawaii” featured a discussion on geothermal, biodiesel, and biogas in Hawaii.

Topics of discussion:
Cost points, adoption trends and new developments in geothermal, biodiesel, and biogas in Hawaii and beyond.
What has been done to date and what is possible in the future in terms of these renewable energy resources?
How do these renewable resources fit with Hawaiian Electric’s 5-Year Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP) and longer term outlook?
What needs to happen now in order for these renewable resources to be procured in the future for electricity generation? What is at stake if we don’t take such steps now?

Panelists included Nicole; Kelly King, Founder, Pacific Biodiesel; and, Aaron Kirk, VP Sales & Marketing, Hawaii Gas.

The audience at the Plaza Club in Honolulu watched this discussion while enjoying lunch on Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, from 11 am through 1 pm.

Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE): http://hawaiiwire.org/

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Team Member Ethan Kastner

Meet Ethan Kastner, our Information Technology Specialist. Ethan grew up in Honolulu, attended Assets High School, Le Jardin Academy, and University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Last year, the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center recognized Ethan for his outstanding work: he implemented the new high-resolution computer display and video conferencing capability within the NASA PRPDC.

Beyond providing technical support, Ethan has always exuded helpfulness. We’re proud and thankful to have Ethan on our team!

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Burning Postcards at Kilauea Volcano

Unfortunately, scorching postcards are no longer encouraged at Hawaii volcanoes.

Visitors to Kilauea Caldera used to take sport in lowering sticks with food or souvenirs into the fissures.

Some enjoyed a dinner of eggs and potatoes cooked by the volcano, while others scorched postcards to mail back home. 

“Volcanic Activities: Tourism and Scorched Postcards at Hawaii’s Kilauea Caldera”
By Holly Chisholm, National Postal Museum Intern, Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum
http://postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2017/09/volcanic-activities-tourism-and-scorched-postcards-at-hawaiis-kilauea-caldera.html

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Bill would expand use of geothermal fund

“A bill that would allow Hawaii County to spend its geothermal royalties on “community health and safety projects” will be sent to the Planning Commission for review.

The County Council voted 8-0 Tuesday during the Finance Committee meeting to send it to the panel before advancing it to a vote at a regular council meeting.

The royalties go into the county’s geothermal relocation and community benefits program, established in 1998 initially to purchase homes of people who feel adversely affected by Puna Geothermal Venture, the state’s only geothermal power plant, near Pahoa. The county Planning Department manages the fund, along with a separate geothermal asset fund.

The council later changed the relocation fund to also allow the money to be spent for the benefit of Puna, such as improving roads, water infrastructure, parks, civil defense and mass transit services.”

“Bill would expand use of geothermal fund”
By Tom Callis, Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Aug. 4, 2017
http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/bill-would-expand-use-geothermal-fund

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Geologist II Position at DLNR

GEOLOGIST II – GEOTHERMAL (SR-28) – OAHU
Recruitment Number 217566 – Downtown, Island of Oahu
$5,911 to $8,750 per month (SR-28, Step C to M)

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/hawaii/jobs/1855387/geologist-ii-geothermal-sr-28-oahu 

This position is located in the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Engineering Division and serves as head of the Mineral Resources Section. The position is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating activities for the regulation of geothermal activities related to the exploration and development of geothermal resources, including resources assessment and protection, and environmental monitoring. The duties and responsibilities of this position include coordinating the development and implementation of plans for maintenance and disposition of state-owned or state operated geothermal wells and/or mining leases, including assessment of potential public health and safety impacts; the review of applications for geothermal well construction and mining leases; the compliance reviews of geothermal resource mining leases; and the regulatory oversight of existing geothermal operations and associated activities; and performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education: A bachelor’s degree with a major in geology, hydrology or a related field of geoscience from an accredited four-year college or university.

Specialized Experience: Five years of progressively responsible professional geology and/or hydrology work experience.

Professional geology or hydrology experience includes geologic or hydrologic mapping; making and recording geological or hydrological field observations and collecting samples for laboratory analysis; devising field and laboratory techniques and methods, observational and experimental, for use in the study of geologic or hydrologic phenomena; preparing, identifying and studying samples of materials, rocks and water; compiling and interpreting field, laboratory and published data for use by others or for publication; investigating the influences and interrelationships of climate, topography and water bodies on specific geological or hydrological processes and environments; and preparing professional scientific and economic reports.

Geothermal Experience: In order to effectively perform the duties and responsibilities of this position, applicants must possess demonstrated knowledge of the geothermal industry; principles and practices related to geothermal operations and/or geothermal resource development, management and/or regulation; policies and regulations related to and/or affecting geothermal resources management; and the ability to develop, manage and/or regulate activities related to geothermal operations. Therefore, applicants must meet the Specialized Experience requirements for the Geologist II and possess at least one year of professional work experience managing, regulating, developing, and/or consulting on geothermal resources, and/or other related professional work which provided the above knowledge and abilities. Such experience may have been gained concurrent with or separate from the Specialized Experience Requirement.

Administrative Aptitude: Applicants must possess administrative aptitude. Administrative aptitude will be considered to have been met when there is strong affirmative evidence of the necessary administrative aptitudes and abilities. Such evidence may be in the form of success in regular or special assignments or projects which involve administrative problems (e.g., in planning, organizing, promoting and directing a program, including policy and budgetary considerations; providing staff advice and assistance in such matters); interest in administration demonstrated by the performance of work assignments in a manner which clearly indicates awareness of administrative problems and the ability to solve them; completion of educational or training courses in the area of administration accompanied by the application of the principles, which were learned, to work assignments; management’s observation and evaluation of the applicant’s leadership and administrative capabilities; success in trial assignments to managerial and/or administrative tasks.

Substitutions Allowed

License: Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of appointment.

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/hawaii/jobs/1855387/geologist-ii-geothermal-sr-28-oahu

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Sen. Lorraine Inouye Visits Geothermal Plant

Executive Director at Ormat Technologies, Paul Thomsen showed Hawaii State Sen. Lorraine Inouye a state-of-the-art geothermal facility in Reno, Nevada, in Sept. Ormat also operates the Puna Geothermal Venture on the Hawaii island.

Sen. Inouye serves as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Energy. She also represents Big Island districts Hilo, Hāmākua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, and Kona.

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Blast to the Past: U.S. President Obama Invested $350 million in Geothermal

Blast to the past to 2009 during the Great Recession, when U.S. President Barack Obama invested $350 million in geothermal:

“Energy group hails Obama move,” Honolulu Advertiser; May 28, 2009: B.5.

The Geothermal Energy Association yesterday applauded President Obama’s announcement of $350 million in new investment in geothermal energy.

The association noted that Hawai’i is one of 12 states with plans for 126 new geothermal projects. The GEA estimates that bringing these projects on line could help economic recovery by spurring as many as 100,000 new jobs.

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Blast to the Past: Arthur Seki on the American Council on Renewable Energy

Blast to the past to 2006 — geothermal supporter Arthur Seki represented HECo at the American Council on Renewable Energy:

ART SEKI, director of technology for Hawaiian Electric Co., is the utility’s representative to the American Council on Renewable Energy, making HECO one of only 10 utilities nationwide to be represented on the organization’s new committee to promote renewable energy nationally. The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization will exchange information on technical and regulatory issues – as well as “best practices” and success stories from utilities that have adopted renewable energy programs.

Seki joined HECO in 1990 after working at the University of Hawai`i, Natural Energy Institute, where he worked on geothermal reservoir engineering, and well test analysis in Puna. He was also involved in research on photovoltaics, ocean thermal energy conversion, biomass tree farms and hydrogen energy.

Honolulu Advertiser, Feb. 20, 2006, p. C-3.

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Blast to the Past: Erik Hazelhoff-Roelfzema Brought Geothermal Co. to Hawaii

Blast to the past: Erik Hazelhoff-Roelfzema brought geothermal company Barnwell Industries to Hawai’i in the early 1980s.

“Colorful Figure Dead at 90,” Lum, Curtis. Honolulu Advertiser; Sep 28, 2007: C.5.

Erik Hazelhoff-Roelfzema lived the life that movies are made of.

He escaped Nazi-occupied Netherlands; was a secret agent who took part in covert landings along the Dutch Coast during World War II; flew in the elite Pathfinder Force of the Royal Air Force; was an aide to Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, who knighted him for his service to Holland; and he flew Princess Beatrix back to the Netherlands after the war and took part in her coronation when she became queen.

After the war, Hazelhoff-Roelfzema was a writer for the first “Today” show and helped to launch the “Tonight Show.” He wrote a book about his life during the war, “Soldier of Orange,” which was made into a movie in 1977 that was nominated for a Golden Globe award.

Hazelhoff-Roelfzema also was instrumental in bringing the then-Tennessee-based energy company Barnwell Industries to Hawai’i in the early 1980s. The company drilled the first commercial geothermal well in Puna on the Big Island in 1980, and it continues to be a leader in development in Hawai’i and oil and natural gas exploration in Canada and North America.

Hazelhoff-Roelfzema, who moved to Hawai’i in the early 1970s and joined Barnwell as a director in 1977, died Wednesday at his home in Honoka’a on the Big Island, the company announced yesterday. He was 90.

Alex Kinzler, Barnwell president, said Hazelhoff-Roelfzema was an active and valued member of the board.

“He had great business advice and was an excellent judge of people, which he attributed to his war-time exploits and his need to make snap judgments of people that he met in the Resistance as to whether he could trust them or not. That was invaluable to our company over the years,” Kinzler said.

Hazelhoff-Roelfzema was born on April 3, 1917, in Java when it was still a Dutch colony. In the late 1930s, he helped to form the Dutch underground before joining the RAF.

Following the war, he emigrated to the United States and got involved in a wide range of ventures, including television.

Although he had no training in energy development, Hazelhoff-Roelfzema joined Barnwell Industries while it was still based in Chattanooga. Kinzler said he encouraged the company’s chairman to look to Hawai’i because of “some deals that he was aware of,” and Barnwell relocated here more than 25 years ago.

Kinzler said Hazelhoff-Roelfzema was active in the Waimea community. He was a member of the Waimea Outdoor Circle, the Kahilu Theatre and other organizations.

He said the community and Barnwell will miss Hazelhoff-Roelfzema, who Kinzler said was a “mentor to everyone.”

He is survived by wife, Karin; son, Erik Hazelhoff-Roelfzema Jr. ; daughter, Karna Hazelhoff-Castellon; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

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Blast to the Past: Magma in a Big Island geothermal well

Blast to the past — magma went into a Big Island geothermal well:

“Big Isle well strikes deep lava chamber,” Honolulu Star-Bulletin; Dec. 22, 2008

Geologists around the world are perking up at the news from San Francisco last week that magma flowed a short distance into a Big Island geothermal well during drilling in 2005, revealing an unusual mineral.

Geologists on the Big Island are taking the news more calmly since they were informed months earlier, and a much more dramatic case of magma in a geothermal well took place in Iceland in 1977.

“Encountering magma when drilling into the rift zone of an active volcano is not unexpected,” said Jim Kauahikaua, head of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

The Big Island incident involved magma entering the bottom 20 feet of an 8,300-foot-deep well, said Mike Kaleikini, manager of Puna Geothermal Venture.

The Iceland incident involved magma rising the entire length of a 3,734-foot well and spilling onto the surface, according to a 1979 Nature magazine article by Icelandic scientists. The brief surface flow was estimated at 3 tons or roughly three pickup trucks full.

The Big Island magma event was announced Tuesday at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union. It was disclosed by Johns Hopkins University geologist Bruce Marsh, who works with geologist Bill Teplow of Puna Geothermal affiliate Ormat.

Marsh said the delay in the announcement happened because Ormat searched for two years for a scientist who would be interested before finding him.

Kauahikaua described Marsh as the highly respected “kupuna of magma chambers.”

Marsh said the Big Island incident was the first time magma had ever been seen in its “natural habitat” underground.

Kaleikini said drilled rock fragments were carried to the surface by special drilling fluid.

The incident began with “torque,” meaning difficult drilling, he said. Drillers pulled the drill bit back about 40 feet and started again, but discovered the hole was 20 feet shorter than moments earlier.

When new chipped rock reached the surface, it was white rather than the normal black. The white rock turned out to be dacite, very unusual in Hawaii, indicating a high percentage of silica, Kaleikini said.

Marsh called the dacite find “very special.”

Kauahikaua said the silica probably came from other substances in the magma crystallizing out, leaving the silica behind.

Puna Geothermal successfully used the well to pump used geothermal water back into the ground.

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Blast to the Past: Puna Geothermal Looks to Expand

Blast to the past to 2008: “Puna Geothermal looks to expand,” Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Dec. 11, 2008.

Puna Geothermal Venture celebrated yesterday its 15th anniversary of producing up to 30 megawatts of electricity for the Big Island while also looking forward to doubling that amount in the future.

Negotiations are under way between the geothermal company and Hawaii Electric Light Co., which distributes the power, to increase geothermal output by eight megawatts using heat that is now wasted, said company consultant Barry Mizuno, formerly manager of the company.

PGV has had permits since 2001 to increase power to 60 megawatts from the current 30, Mizuno said.

The company’s plant uses steam from water heated underground by Kilauea volcano.

Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona told about 200 guests celebrating the anniversary that the addition of 180 megawatts by 2025 is a practical possibility.

Geothermal’s current contribution of 30 megawatts is part of the 195 megawatts the island now uses. But the total of power sources is now 270 megawatts, more than the island needs.

A number of factors make it favorable to replace some of that excess with geothermal, officials said.

One factor is that geothermal is “base power,” said HELCO President Jay Ignacio. That means that PGV produces power around the clock, while wind and solar are unpredictable from moment to moment.

Geothermal as base power had a drawback 15 years ago. Output could not be reduced or increased with sudden changes in customer demand.

New technology attached to the next eight megawatts will allow quick changes, Mizuno said.

The current way of smoothing out those ups and down is with supplementary oil-fired generators, which are like big locomotive engines that can speed up or slow down on command.

That versatility of oil-powered plants has kept HELCO tied to equipment that is decades old and decaying, and to the tremendous price fluctuations in oil seen recently.

Customers are looking for ways to become independent of HELCO, which is why the company knows buying more geothermal power at a stable price is to its advantage, Ignacio said.

Unlike the old system, which pegged the purchase of power from independent producers to the cost of oil, the price of the next eight megawatts will be “de-linked” from oil, Ignacio said.

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New Renewable Energy Source

… when freshwater and saltwater meet, the forces of nature act to balance out the salinity gradient. Over time, the concentration of salt molecules will be even across the board.

What you may not realize, however, is that this can also be used to generate an electric current.

If you place a barrier between the two bodies of water, one that allows water to move through but prevents the more massive salt molecules from traversing along, then a type of pressure build up occurs.

Technically known as “osmotic pressure”, it increases the more imbalanced the salt gradient gets.

The more the salt is blocked from flowing through to the other side of the barrier, the higher the salt concentration will get in the initial chamber. This increases the osmotic pressure on the second freshwater chamber. This pressure can then be converted into energy that causes turbines to spin, and ultimately you get electricity.

Groundbreaking New Source Of Renewable Energy Invented By Scientists
IFLScience! (undated)
http://www.iflscience.com/environment/groundbreaking-new-source-renewable-energy-invented-scientists/

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Study sheds light on island’s volcanic history

Geologists have long known the Hawaiian Islands formed as the Pacific plate moved over a magma hot spot that feeds the volcanoes.

But the youngest in the chain still offers a bit of mystery.

Why, for instance, do the volcanoes of the Big Island follow two parallel paths — known as the Loa and Kea tracks — with their own distinct chemical composition? After all, they are fed by the same hot spot deep below the ocean floor.

In the article, Faculty Team Member Dr. Garrett Ito offered his analysis of the study.

Study sheds light on island’s volcanic history
May 9, 2017, West Hawaii Today
http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/study-sheds-light-island-s-volcanic-history

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Garrett Ito’s Volcanic Research in The New York Times

HGGRC Faculty Team Member Garrett Ito has provided his expertise in a recent New York Times article:

“This is the first paper that I’m aware of that explains both the separation of the volcanoes and their distinct composition,” said Garrett Ito, an earth scientist at the University of Hawaii.

UH Geology Professor Dr. Ito also contributed to the play fairway analysis of Hawaii’s geothermal resources.

Why Two Volcanoes in Hawaii Are So Close, but So Different
MAY 3, 2017, The New York Times

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Wastewater Treatment Plants Replacing Cesspools in Ka‘u, Hawaii

The county hired a consultant and selected properties for two new wastewater treatment plants as it works toward complying with a federal consent order requiring the closure of gang cesspools in Ka‘u.

Pacific Legacy conducted archaeological field inspections of an 8.5-acre property in Naalehu and a 42.5-acre property in Pahala, Environmental Management Director Bill Kucharski said in an update Wednesday to the county Environmental Management Commission.

Sites selected for wastewater treatment plants
May 26, 2017, Hawaii Tribune-Herald
http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/sites-selected-wastewater-treatment-plants

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Gov. Appoints UH Researcher to PUC

Gov. David Ige on Friday appointed James “Jay” Griffin, a natural energy researcher at the University of Hawaii Manoa, to an interim seat on the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.

“We are excited to find a talented individual in Jay Griffin, who has demonstrated expertise and is aligned with our commitment to a 100 percent clean energy future,” Ige said in a statement.

Griffin, a faculty member who works at the university’s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, was previously chief of policy and research at the PUC. His interim appointment takes effect on June 5 and is subject to Senate confirmation.

Ige names University of Hawaii researcher to PUC post
May 19, 2017, Pacific Business News
http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2017/05/19/ige-names-university-of-hawaii-researcher-to-puc.html

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Congrats, Mahany!

Congratulations to our data specialist Mahany Lindquist for her new position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa! She now contributes to Hamilton Library’s Government Documents & Maps Department as the GIS Coordinator (as of May 16). Mahany assists faculty, staff, and students with GIS data and software and manages the digitization of maps and aerial photographs.

In addition to HGGRC, Mahany served as a GIS and Cartographic Technician at the City and County of Honolulu and a digitization assistant at Hamilton Library’s Desktop Network Services Department. Mahany recently earned her master’s degree in geography from UH Manoa.

Congrats, Mahany!

 

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Play Fairway Analysis: Geothermal Resource Probability Mapping in Hawaii

Play fairway analysis of geothermal resources across the state of Hawaii: 2. Resource probability mapping
By Garrett Ito, Neil Frazer, Nicole Lautze, Donald Thomas, Nicholas Hinz, David Waller, Robert Whittier, and Erin Wallin
Geothermics, Available online 15 December 2016
http://doi.org/10.1016/j.geothermics.2016.11.004

Highlights

  • Knowledge-driven method is developed to map geothermal resource probability.
  • Diverse data types are standardized and weighted in a generalized linear model.
  • A parallel logistic link function quantifies confidence in probability estimates.
  • Probability is greatest on Hawaii’s active volcanoes and decreases with island age.
  • Exploration should also consider practical aspects and economic factors.

Abstract

We develop a new geostatistical method to combine evidence provided by diverse geological data sets and produce maps of geothermal resource probability. The application is to the State of Hawaii, and the data sets include the locations and ages of mapped volcanic centers, gravity and magnetotelluric measurements, groundwater temperature and geochemistry, ground surface deformation, seismicity, water table elevation, and groundwater recharge.

Using the basic principles of Bayesian statistics, these data and expert knowledge about the effects and importance of the data are used to compute the probabilities of the primary resource qualities of elevated subsurface heat, reservoir permeability, and reservoir fluid content. The product of these marginal probabilities estimates the joint probability of all three qualities and hence the probability of a successful geothermal prospect at each map point. An analogous set of algorithms is used to quantify the confidence in the probability at each point.

Not surprisingly, we find that successful geothermal prospects are most probable on the active volcanoes of Hawaii Island, including the area of Hawaii’s single geothermal energy plant. Probability decreases primarily with shield volcano age, being relatively moderate in select locations on Maui and Lanai, relatively low on Oahu, and minimal on Kauai. Future exploration efforts should consider these results as well as the practical, societal, and economic conditions that influence development viability.

The difficulties of interisland power transmission mean that even areas with moderate to low probabilities are worth investigating on islands with population centers.

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Ka‘ū, Hawaii: Volcanic explosions provide the foundation for agriculture

Around Pāhala are several ash layers composed of fine-grained volcanic deposits, generally called “soil.” The ashes are a mixture of altered glass, rare vitric (glassy) shards, Pele’s hair, pumice, and olivine crystals. They are derived from pristine ash-fall deposits, weathered and reworked ash, and sediments. Ancient soil horizons are present in some localities.

In dry areas, these ashy soils are friable, in some places dense and compact, but in most cases, they are sandy, loose, and dusty. In higher-rainfall areas, the ash appears clay-like. The clay was important to the sugar industry, not only as a growing medium, but also as a control on groundwater circulation in the region.

Collectively, these ash deposits were, in many ways, the underpinnings of the Ka‘ū sugar cane industry. The soils formed from these ashes sustained cane growth on relatively young flows, especially on the southeastern part of the Big Island. Volcanic ash has been interlayered with the agricultural development of the Pāhala to Nā‘ālehu region of the Big Island since the beginning of the plantation era.

The weathered ash, which has transformed to clay, is semi-permeable and alters the flow of groundwater. Rain that falls on lava flows trickles through the flows until it encounters a weathered ash layer. Because the ash acts as a barrier, the water flows across the top of the ash in the form of underground streams.

… Today, water from the Mountain House tunnel and Haao Springs is still used by the community. In addition, the Olson Trust is trying to obtain the necessary permits to use the water from tunnels closer to Wood Valley to generate electricity and irrigate crops.

The ash deposits on the southeastern part of the Island of Hawai‘i have fortuitously presented an agricultural opportunity in an otherwise rocky and hilly landscape. An underappreciated fact is that the explosive nature of our volcanoes provided this opportunity.

“Volcano Watch: Volcanic explosions provide the foundation for agriculture”
Hawaii 24/7, March 23, 2017
http://www.hawaii247.com/2017/03/23/volcano-watch-volcanic-explosions-provide-the-foundation-for-agriculture/

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National Geothermal Data System

The National Geothermal Data System sponsored our Hawaii Geothermal Digital Collection, which digitized materials relating to geothermal in Hawaii. NGDS is a catalog of documents and datasets about geothermal resources. Here’s the latest update:

Our catalog of data online comprises more than 12,000 data sets constituting over 9.5 million records now being served, including over 1.4 million oil and gas and water wells.
http://geothermaldata.org/

National Geothermal Data System
http://geothermaldata.org/

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Damaged by waves, Ahalanui swimming area unsafe for keiki

Mayor Harry Kim said county Parks and Recreation plans to refurbish the kiddie pond, one of two interconnected geothermal ponds at Ahalanui.

Kim said maintenance crews assessed repair needs after the pond was damaged in summer 2015. Large ocean swells forced the closure of the pond when the waves took a slab of cement nearby and tossed pieces of it into the water, along with volcanic rocks.

Ahalanui is a county priority, Kim said, because it’s one of only two places for kids in the region to swim. The other, Pohoiki boat ramp, was not designed for swimmer safety

“Keiki pond repairs ‘high priority’: Ahalanui swimming area damaged by waves unsafe for keiki”
March 15, 2017, West Hawaii Today
http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/keiki-pond-repairs-high-priority-ahalanui-swimming-area-damaged-waves-unsafe-keiki

Ahalanui swimming area damaged by waves and is unsafe for keiki (sub.req) | http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/keiki-pond-repairs-high-priority-ahalanui-swimming-area-damaged-waves-unsafe-keiki

Posted by West Hawaii Today on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Steady rain, snowfall replenish Lake Waiau

Ancient Hawaiians associated Lake Waiau’s pure water with the Hawaiian god Kāne and used the water on Mauna Kea for healing and worship.

In fall 2013, Waiau — normally 1.7 acres — was shrinking fast because a dry spell lasting several years rendered much of the lake bed dry, leaving just a puddle in its center.

Today, Lake Waiau is nearly full, as it has been since fall 2014, indicative of normal precipitation in Puuwaiau near Mauna Kea’s summit.

“Steady rain, snowfall replenish Lake Waiau”
West Hawaii Today, March 17, 2017
http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/steady-rain-snowfall-replenish-lake-waiau

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Geothermal Researcher Position at UH Manoa

Assistant or Associate Researcher of Geothermal Position at University of Hawaii at Manoa

Assistant or Associate Researcher
Position Numbers: 0088474, 0088665
Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) and Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), University of Hawaii at Manoa
Date Posted: September 26, 2016
Closing Date: Continuous – application review begins October 24, 2016
Salary Information: R3M11/R4M11, salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
11 Month,
Tenure Track, Full Time, Permanent

This joint appointment position is .50 FTE HIGP (#88474) and .50 FTE WRRC (#88665) with the locus of tenure in HIGP. This is an 11-month appointment with minimum 9-month equivalent (.82 FTE) funds provided. The selectee is expected to fund the remainder of salary via external funds. In the first five years funding at 1.0 FTE is provided as part of UH NSF-EPSCOR, ‘Ike Wai project. Position is expected to begin approximately January 2017 or as mutually acceptable, subject to position clearance.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP)—a research unit within the University of Hawai‘i School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST)—conducts advanced research, technology development, workforce training, and service in cutting-edge oceanographic, atmospheric, geophysical, geological, and planetary science and engineering. The 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. The Water Resource Research Center (WRRC)—with 9 faculty and staff, and 10-affiliate faculty—promotes understanding of critical state and regional water resource management and policy issues in the state of Hawaii and other Pacific islands through research, community outreach, and public education. The University of Hawaii established WRRC in response to the Federal Water Resources Research Act of 1964. HIGP partners with the WRRC for hydrogeophysical research in the State.

HIGP and WRRC jointly seek an Assistant/Associate Researcher (tenure track in HIGP) in hydrogeophysics specializing in geophysical techniques, including electromagnetic and magneto-telluric methods that are applicable to the study of aquifers, and subsurface flow dynamics. The successful candidate is expected to seek and obtain extramural funding in support of these areas of research, to take an active role in student advising and teaching, and to publish research results in the refereed literature.

The position reports to the HIGP and WRRC Directors. The incumbent is expected to work in water research that is collaborative with colleagues in HIGP, WRRC, and other Colleges at UH Manoa (such as Engineering and Social Sciences). The position will function and serve as part of the NSF-EPSCOR project (‘Ike Wai) science team. A 50% research effort aligned with the goals of ‘Ike Wai is expected.

Minimum Qualifications
Earned doctorate in geophysics or closely related discipline received no later than January 2016.
A record of peer-reviewed publications. Ability to take the lead in generating professional reports. For appointment at Associate level, a proven record of extramural funding; for appointment at Assistant level, demonstrable potential to obtain such funding.
Organizational skills which can be applied to coordinate and conduct research to identify, characterize, and quantify water-related problems.
Skills and experience in collaborating with indigenous communities/organizations or local, state, or national agencies. Demonstrated ability to collect geophysical data in the field.

Associate Researcher Minimum Qualifications
For the rank of Associate Researcher, in addition to the above qualifications, four years of effective research in a related specialty with demonstrated increasing professional maturity and independence at the rank of Assistant Researcher or equivalent; and research ability judged competent and adequate for the rank by comparison with peers active in the same field at other major national research universities.

Desirable Qualifications
Knowledge and expertise in electrical geophysical methods and surveys.
Proven ability to gather, model, and interpret electrical geophysical data relevant to water and geothermal spatial distributions in the State of Hawai‘i or other oceanic islands.
Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of applying electrical/magnetic/seismic geophysical techniques to study groundwater and geothermal resources in ocean island environments.
Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of applying electrical/magnetic/seismic geophysical techniques to the study and analysis of the shallow crust within basaltic and similar volcanic environments.
Demonstrated ability to integrate and model multi-disciplinary data sets relevant to the characterization of groundwater hydrology and/or geothermal resources.
National and/or international recognition in the field of geophysics and geophysical research.
Skills and experience in collaborating with indigenous communities/organizations and local, state, and national agencies.

To Apply: Submit a letter of interest (including position numbers), curriculum vitae, official transcripts (copies acceptable with application, original required upon hire) and the names and contact information (phone and e-mail address) of at least three professional references. All submissions shall be made electronically to higp-search@higp.hawaii.edu, and limited to 25 Mbyte.

Address: Chair, HIGP/WRRC Search Committee
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1680 East-West Road, POST 602
Honolulu, HI 96822
Inquiries: higp-search@higp.hawaii.edu

http://workatuh.hawaii.edu/Jobs/NAdvert/23755/4316671/4/postdate/desc

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