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This visionary "South Shore Promenade and Coastal Open Space Network Study: Resilience and Connectivity in Design," proj...
04/05/2021

This visionary "South Shore Promenade and Coastal Open Space Network Study: Resilience and Connectivity in Design," project "visualizes potential long-term sea-level rise scenarios and speculative, nature-based living shoreline design solutions." This project led by Judith Stilgenbauer, Principal Investigator for the project and a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the UH Mānoa School of Architecture, envisions an urban south shore Honolulu and integrates "nature-based living shoreline design solutions."
To read more about the project check out: http://go.hawaii.edu/6HJ (all photos and proof-of-concept design by the University of Hawai'i Community Design Center)

@uh_cdc @uhawaiinews @uhmanoanews @uh_mla @judithstilg

#uhresearch #uharchitecture #coastalresilience #climateadaptation #urbandesign

Repost from @haleakalanps•Happy World Water Day! Today we celebrate an often overlooked, or underappreciated, creature t...
03/22/2021

Repost from @haleakalanps

Happy World Water Day!

Today we celebrate an often overlooked, or underappreciated, creature that inhabits the seacost near Haleakalā’s Kīpahulu District: the ʻopihi (Cellana talcosa, Cellana sandwicensis, Cellana exarata, and Cellana melanostoma).

ʻOpihi are limpets that cling to rocks and feed on algea in intertidal zones, or in tidal pools. They are a Hawaiian delicacy and important food source, but they also help keep our oceans clean!

ʻOpihi provide nturients to surfaces that benefit barnacles, algae, and other living things that support clean water. ʻOpihi are an indicator of a healthy environment! Unfortunately, due to overharvesting, their population has sharply declined in the past few decades. Therefore, there are ʻopihi “rest areas” in our park!

#nationalparkservice #nps #haleakalā #limpet #ʻopihi ##haleakalanationalpark #worldwaterday

NPS Photos
JM

Repost from @haleakalanps•Happy World Water Day! Today we celebrate an often overlooked, or underappreciated, creature t...
03/22/2021

Repost from @haleakalanps

Happy World Water Day!

Today we celebrate an often overlooked, or underappreciated, creature that inhabits the seacost near Haleakalā’s Kīpahulu District: the ʻopihi (Cellana talcosa, Cellana sandwicensis, Cellana exarata, and Cellana melanostoma).

ʻOpihi are limpets that cling to rocks and feed on algea in intertidal zones, or in tidal pools. They are a Hawaiian delicacy and important food source, but they also help keep our oceans clean!

ʻOpihi provide nturients to surfaces that benefit barnacles, algae, and other living things that support clean water. ʻOpihi are an indicator of a healthy environment! Unfortunately, due to overharvesting, their population has sharply declined in the past few decades. Therefore, there are ʻopihi “rest areas” in our park!

#nationalparkservice #nps #haleakalā #limpet #ʻopihi ##haleakalanationalpark #worldwaterday

NPS Photos
JM

Repost from @himb_soest•HIMB and NOAA researchers are on the island of Hawaiʻi conducting a pilot study using environmen...
03/18/2021

Repost from @himb_soest

HIMB and NOAA researchers are on the island of Hawaiʻi conducting a pilot study using environmental DNA to survey and monitor biodiversity along the length of the Kona coast. Environmental DNA is a technique that allows us to determine the species that live on a reef just by collecting seawater, filtering it, and sequencing the DNA that was floating around (which was shed into the water column by the resident creatures). The purpose of this project is to determine the necessary degree of replication and sampling intensity required to accurately capture the diversity of a site with the plan to return in September for a larger scale mission targeting Kohala to South Point. #eDNA #fieldwork #bleachsmell

Happy St. Patrick's Day from UH Research! You don't need to wait for March 17th to go green! The University of Hawaiʻi r...
03/17/2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day from UH Research!

You don't need to wait for March 17th to go green! The University of Hawaiʻi remains committed to a green future everyday through its sustainability and resilience initiative. “It is our strong belief that UH’s collaborative efforts across our 10-campus system—in research, curriculum, operations and community engagement with deep cultural connections—will serve as a model for sustainability and resilience not only here in Hawaiʻi, but across the globe.” -Vassilis L. Syrmos, Vice President for Research and Innovation

https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2019/04/02/uh-renews-focus-sustainability-and-resilience/

Repost from @nist•To understand how something works, it helps to see it up close. That’s the approach a team of research...
03/10/2021

Repost from @nist

To understand how something works, it helps to see it up close. That’s the approach a team of researchers took to study the fabric masks people wear to slow the spread of COVID-19. The questions: How well do different fabrics filter out airborne particles that might contain the virus? What makes some fabrics better filters than others?

Edward Vicenzi of the @Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, also a visiting researcher at NIST, produced these revealing images with a scanning electron microscope:

(1/3) This image of polyester, a synthetic material, shows how the individual fibers are bundled into yarns and then woven together. The researchers used images like this one to measure the width of the individual fibers — a key variable that affects particle filtration.

(2/3) This top-down image shows how cotton flannel is covered by a disorganized network of crisscrossing fibers. The chaotic arrangement of these fibers increases the chance that particles will collide with a fiber and stick to it. This makes cotton flannel a particularly good filtering material.

(3/3) In contrast to cotton flannel, polyester fibers are highly organized. NIST researchers have shown that, for fabric masks, natural materials tend to filter better than synthetics. A two-layer, cotton flannel mask can be particularly effective.

BUT it’s not just about the fabric you choose; it’s how you use it. To protect yourself and those around you, keep in mind that the mask you wear should also fit well and cover both the nose and mouth.

Credit: E.P. Vicenzi/Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute and NIST

#Covid19 #Coronavirus #Pandemic #FaceMask #WearAMask #Mask #SciArt #ScienceArt #ScienceAsArt #InstaScience

Repost from @rovluukai•From challenge comes change. Let’s all #choosetochallenge and celebrate women’s achievements this...
03/08/2021

Repost from @rovluukai

From challenge comes change. Let’s all #choosetochallenge and celebrate women’s achievements this International Women’s Day!

#internationalwomensday #iwd2021 #rovluukai #universityofhawaii #oceanrobots #remotelyoperatedvehicles #kilomoana #researchvessel #girlpower #oceanexploration #oceanresearch

Repost from @astromichaelcollins•Swipe through 🚀 for an incredible 360° view of Mars, from the Perseverance Rover. Find ...
03/05/2021

Repost from @astromichaelcollins

Swipe through 🚀 for an incredible 360° view of Mars, from the Perseverance Rover. Find more panoramic and 360° footage at the link in my bio.

Cyber students at the University of Hawaii - West Oʻahu helped the school to a 12th place power ranking in the country a...
02/25/2021

Cyber students at the University of Hawaii - West Oʻahu helped the school to a 12th place power ranking in the country according to the 2020 Cyber Power Rankings published by Cyber Skyline and the National Cyber League.

The National Cyber League @cyberskyline is a performance-based cybersecurity competition where individual students and teams compete against all-comers from around the nation. At the end of each season, the National Cyber League publishes the Cyber Power Rankings of schools across the country. Every year, thousands of students compete from hundreds of universities, colleges and schools.

Cybersecurity is one of @uhwestoahu 's signature programs, with many of its graduates having secured jobs by the time they leave school. Teams that include UH West Oʻahu students captured National Cyber League titles in 2016 and 2018, and placed in the top 3 during two competitions in 2017. The school's cybersecurity program also is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

https://cyberskyline.com/data/power-ranking/fall-2020-national

Repost from @asianstudiesuhmanoa•We are so proud of senior Asian Studies major Iroha Mochida @wakkyairohappa, whose rese...
02/24/2021

Repost from @asianstudiesuhmanoa

We are so proud of senior Asian Studies major Iroha Mochida @wakkyairohappa, whose research project on the Shimauta folk music of her home Amami islands (near Okinawa) was featured in @uhmanoanews story on @urop.uhm. Congratulations, Iroha! We are delighted to be learning from you and your work on Shimauta!

The University of Hawai`i Cancer and the John A. Burns School of Medicine will serve as the backdrop to the new Disney+ ...
02/09/2021

The University of Hawai`i Cancer and the John A. Burns School of Medicine will serve as the backdrop to the new Disney+ original series, Doogie Kamealoha M.D., a reboot of the popular 90's series Doogie Howser M.D. starring Neal Patrick Harris. Written by Hawai`i-born screenwriter Kourtney Kang, the reboot stars popular Disney actress Peyton Elizabeth Lee in the lead role as Lehela "Doogie" Kamealoha, as well as Hawai`i-raised actor Jason Scott Lee. https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2021/02/04/doogie-kamealoha-cancer-center/

Repost from @uhawaiinews•When Academy for Creative Media (ACM) students at @UHWestOahu return to in-person classes, they...
02/08/2021

Repost from @uhawaiinews

When Academy for Creative Media (ACM) students at @UHWestOahu return to in-person classes, they will be limited only by their imaginations in the newly constructed 33,000-square foot, $37 million Creative Media Facility. The new ACM West Oʻahu facility is a place where students can grow into the professional video creators, game developers and media innovators of tomorrow. Read more at https://bit.ly/3oXb7cF (link in bio)

📸: ©Gensler / Ryan Gobuty

World-renowned UH Mānoa oceanographers Edward DeLong and David Karl and a team of researchers from the Monterey Bay Aqua...
01/21/2021

World-renowned UH Mānoa oceanographers Edward DeLong and David Karl and a team of researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have successfully demonstrated that a fleet of autonomous robots can track and study a moving microbial community in an open-ocean eddy. DeLong and Karl, co-authors of the study, have been researching open ocean microbes -- essential players in the global climate system, producing roughly half of the world’s oxygen, removing carbon dioxide and forming the base of the marine food web.The results of this research effort was recently published in Science Robotics. @soest_uh @mbari_news @whoi.ocean

LRAUV Photo: Elisha Wood-Charlson

Founded in 1971, this year signifies the 50th anniversary of the University of Hawai`i Cancer Center (UH Cancer Center)....
01/19/2021

Founded in 1971, this year signifies the 50th anniversary of the University of Hawai`i Cancer Center (UH Cancer Center). Over the years, the UH Cancer Center has made seminal discoveries in the areas of cancer biology, epidemiology, cancer prevention and treatment, and contributed to the advanced health care for thousands of cancer patients in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Now in its 25th year of continuous designation by the National Cancer Institute, the UH Cancer Center has earned its place as one of the leading cancer research institutions in the world. https://www.uhcancercenter.org/50years

Repost from @usgsvolcanoes•Researchers have set up temporary seismic instruments around Halema‘uma‘u crater to collect d...
01/12/2021

Repost from @usgsvolcanoes

Researchers have set up temporary seismic instruments around Halema‘uma‘u crater to collect data that will help them learn more about how magma travels in the shallow magmatic system beneath Kīlauea.

Within an hour of the eruption, which started on December 20, 2020, the permanent seismic network detected a signal called volcanic tremor. This tremor signal has been continuous since that time, creating an uninterrupted signal that travels through the subsurface as magma degasses and erupts from vents to fill a lava lake at the summit.

Since the signal is continuous, it can be used to track the migration and storage of magma in the shallow volcanic plumbing system. So the team set up a dense network of temporary seismic instruments on January 1, 2021, with permission from Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The temporary instruments will supplement data already being collected by the permanent seismic network.

How patterns change over time will allow volcanologists to gain a greater understanding of how magma is migrating and being stored beneath Kīlauea.

In the photo, one of the USGS field crew set up a temporary seismic instrument within the caldera. (Photo by J. Chang)

#USGS #HawaiianVolcanoObservatory #HVO #Kilauea2021 #KilaueaErupts #Halemaumau #seismometer #earthquake #tremor #womeninscience

With the eruption of Kilauea Volcano on Hawai`i island recently resuming -- Vog, or volcanic smog, is once again on the ...
01/07/2021

With the eruption of Kilauea Volcano on Hawai`i island recently resuming -- Vog, or volcanic smog, is once again on the minds of many across the Hawaiian Islands due to its significant effects on community health. But thanks to the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa's Vog Measurement and Prediction (VMAP) project led by Professor Steven Businger and Researcher Lacey Holland in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, forecasts of Vog dispersion and trajectories are available in real-time to officials and the general public http://weather.hawaii.edu/vmap/. Last year, the researchers received additional funding from FEMA to improve VMAP's statewide forecasts and delivery methods, including push notifications to smartphones. @usgsvolcanoes

Photo: USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory/Public Domain

A presentation by University of Hawai`i at Mānoa oceanographer Angelicque White was one of the most watched TED Talks of...
01/06/2021

A presentation by University of Hawai`i at Mānoa oceanographer Angelicque White was one of the most watched TED Talks of 2020. White, an associate professor in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, discussed what ocean microbes, the ocean's smallest organisms that are vital to a healthy functioning plante, reveal about the changing climate. In 2019, White took over the leadership of the monumental Hawai`i Ocean Time-series program from UH Mānoa's world-renowned oceanographer David Karl. @soest_uh #UHResearch

https://www.ted.com/talks/angelicque_white_what_ocean_microbes_reveal_about_the_changing_climate

12/31/2020

As 2020 comes to a close we want to wish everyone a safe and healthy new year. Here’s to looking forward to better things ahead in 2021!

Some highlights of the most liked stories of 2020.  Here’s to wishing you all a safe and healthy new year! #Top9of2020
12/30/2020

Some highlights of the most liked stories of 2020. Here’s to wishing you all a safe and healthy new year! #Top9of2020

In a recent study published in Science Advances and co-authored by Malte Stuecker, Asst Prof of Oceanography in the UHM ...
12/29/2020

In a recent study published in Science Advances and co-authored by Malte Stuecker, Asst Prof of Oceanography in the UHM School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology, the effects of global warming will intensify the strength and increase the risk of landfall of tropical cyclones in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Read more about it at https://www.soest.hawaii.edu/soestwp/announce/news/ @soest_uh #UHawaiiResearch

Corals are highly sensitive to changes in temperature in their surrounding waters. Co-authored by Julia Baum, aff facult...
12/28/2020

Corals are highly sensitive to changes in temperature in their surrounding waters. Co-authored by Julia Baum, aff faculty @himb_soest, this study published in Nature Communications (2020), sought to understand the ways in which corals survived heat waves, specifically throughout the 2015-16 El Niño event. For the full citation and to learn more about this study go to the SOEST website: https://www.soest.hawaii.edu/soestwp/announce/ #UHResearch
Research partially funded by @nsfgov award 1446402 @gatescorallab

(photo: Marine biologist Julia Baum sampling Platygyra colonies on Kiritimati, 2019. Credit: Kristina Tietjen.)

Happy Holidays from UH Research! Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday.
12/24/2020

Happy Holidays from UH Research! Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday.

One of the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the future USS Daniel K. Inouye (DDG-118), recently headed out ...
12/23/2020

One of the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the future USS Daniel K. Inouye (DDG-118), recently headed out for sea trials and is one step closer to arriving in its designated homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawai`i sometime in 2021. The ship proudly bears the name of the late US Senator from Hawai`i, who was a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for heroism as a second lieutenant in the US Army's famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team in WWII. Sen. Inouye was a good friend and staunch supporter of UH research. Photo: Bath Iron Work

Imagine keeping fresh ahi in your fridge for at least 10 days without spoiling! That day may become a reality; UH resear...
12/22/2020

Imagine keeping fresh ahi in your fridge for at least 10 days without spoiling! That day may become a reality; UH researchers, Soojin Jun, Kacie Ho, and Yong Li from the UH Mānoa @ctahr, Dept of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, developed a supercooling project which preserves perishables at below-freezing temps making them edible days to weeks longer than before. That’s #supercool! Read more about it in the @staradvertiser; tinyurl.com/supercool-fish. @uhmanoanews @uhawaiinews #UHResearch
(photo: @staradvertiser)

Repost from @hawaiivolcanoesnps•Solstice sunrise at the new eruption site in Kīlauea caldera, December 21, 2020 (USGS p...
12/21/2020

Repost from @hawaiivolcanoesnps

Solstice sunrise at the new eruption site in Kīlauea caldera, December 21, 2020 (USGS photo)

Repost from @lowellobservatory•Today is The Great Conjunction! Who has a plan for viewing this once-in-a-lifetime marvel...
12/21/2020

Repost from @lowellobservatory

Today is The Great Conjunction! Who has a plan for viewing this once-in-a-lifetime marvel?

If you're not sure how to view the conjunction, you can join our livestream at 5pm MST for an evening of telescope viewing and commentary from Lowell's own astronomers and educators. ✨🪐

Go to the link in our bio to set a reminder!

📷: @NASA/Bill Dunford





#space #astronomy #flagstaff #arizona #lowellobservatory #americasobservatory #azskies #cosmos #science #travelaz #nasa #darkskies #stargazing #greatconjunction2020 #jupiter #saturn

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