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Tues., January 27, 7:30pm in POST 544: Sarah Crites (HIGP Post-Doctoral Researcher) "Deconvolving the Complex History of the Lunar Crust." [Hawai'i Space Lecture Series]

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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 Hawai‘i. 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 Hawai‘i 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.

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Postdoctoral Researcher (Elemental/Isotopic Analysis)
Postdoctoral Researcher (Chemical/Isotopic Analysis)
   Posted November 20, 2014.

January 23, 1015
Large Fresh Water Supply Discovered on Hawai‘i Island
Humu'ula drill site image 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 Hawai‘i 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, 1015
Observations of Earth's Erupting Volcanoes
NASA image of Hawaii Island courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. A remote sensing comparison of 95 of Earth's active volcanoes over a 15-year period reports Kilauea (erupting almost continusously since January 1983 and with lava flows now threatening the town of Pahoa) is hottest in terms of highest total energy. The study—led by HIGP Associate Researcher, Rob Wright, and colleagues at Coventry University, UK—used daily observations by NASA's Terra and Aqua MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) sensors. See the paper in Geophysical Research Letters, "Some Observations Regarding the Thermal Flux from Earth's Erupting Volcanoes for the period 2000 to 2014." Read more about it at NASA's Earth Observatory and EarthSky.

January 1, 2015
Online Launch of Hawai‘i Groundwater & Geothermal Resources Center
Hawaii Groundwater & Geothermal Resources Center Nicole Lautze (HIGP Assistant Researcher) and Don Thomas (HIGP Researcher) along with a team of students and colleagues have established the Hawaii Groundwater & Geothermal Resources Center (HGGRC).

The HGGRC online repository provides historical and newly developed information relating to groundwater and geothermal resources in Hawai‘i. 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 Hawai‘i's natural resources.

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HIGP Mission Statement

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 Hawai‘i 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.

Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawai‘i
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  

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