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Seminars
Wednesdays in POST 544 at 2 p.m.
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Upcoming seminars:
Friday, Oct. 31, 2:00pm in POST 544: António Moreira dos Santos (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Quantum Condensed Matter Division) "Neutron Scattering at High Pressure: Present Capabilities and Future Directions." [HIGP Seminar Series]



HIGP Computing Services
Resources, services, and current rate


HIGP Supported Entities
Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes

Hawai‘i Mapping Research Group

Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory

Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium

Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center



HIGP Web Sites
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HawaiiView: Satellite Remote Sensing Data and Images

Hotspots: Global Space-borne Volcano and Fire Thermal Monitoring

PSRD: Planetary Science Research Discoveries educational website

The Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research

Web Docs, Forms, Help Files (internal use)



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Department of Geology and Geophysics

School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa

University of Hawai‘i, NASA Astrobiology Institute



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Welcome


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.


News   [Links open in new windows.]

October 27, 2014
U.N. Task Force Says New Ocean Telecom Cables Should be 'Green'
Apollo 16 view of North America and the Pacific Ocean. Apollo 16, AS16-118-18885.
A news item in Kaunānā, the research publication of the Univeristy of Hawai'i at Mānoa, highlights work by UH scientists and a United Nations task force. The official report was developed by the Science and Society Committee of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO/IOC), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Joint Task Force on Green Cables, under the leadership of Rhett Butler (HIGP Director). Access the report "The Scientific and Societal Case for the Integration of Enviornmental Sensors into New Submarine Telecommunication Cables" here: http://www.itu.int/dms_pub/itu-t/opb/tut/T-TUT-ICT-2014-03-PDF-E.pdf.


October 21, 2014
Image of samples being collected near munitions
The final phase of an Army-funded research effort began on October 21, 2014 to further investigate sea-disposed military munitions off the coast of O‘ahu. This research will take place south of Pearl Harbor at an area designated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as the Hawai‘i-05 (HI-05) site. It is a continuation of the Hawai’i Undersea Military Munitions Assessment (HUMMA), which used towed sidescan sonars, HURL submersibles, and remotely operated vehicles — including Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)’s Jason. “HUMMA has dramatically increased our understanding of what is happening at historical sea disposal sites,” stated HIGP researcher and principal investigator Margo Edwards.   See our related March 2014 news item.   Read more about it and watch the videos at KHON2 and KITV4 (autoplays); read more about in the Washington Post, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required), UH System News, PhysOrg, ABC News, West Hawaii Today, and Ka Leo. Image courtesy of UHM/HUMMA.


October 20, 2014
Tsunami Research Triggers Updates to Tsunami Evacuation Maps
tsunami warning icon--evacuate to high ground
The American Geophysical Union has issued a press release, "Massive Debris Pile Reveals Risk of Huge Tsunamis in Hawai'i," highlighting the research of HIGP Director, Rhett Butler who is lead author on a new paper in the current issue of Geophysical Research Letters. Coauthors are David Burney (National Tropical Botanical Garden) and David Walsh (Pacific Tsunami Warning Center). Their paper gives supporting evidence that a 500-year-old tsunami deposit on Kaua'i is linked to a magnitude 9+ earthquake in the eastern Aleutians. The findings have prompted Hawai'i officials to revise tsunami evacuation maps (that had been based in part on the 1946 tsunami) to account for the possibility of an extreme tsunami event in the future. The updated maps are expected by the end of this year. Read more about the research, including comments by Geophysicist Gerard Fryer (Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and HIGP affiliate faculty), in EarthSky–How Often Might Hawaii Get a Monster Tsunami? and NBC News–Debris Mass in Huge Sinkhole Shows Hawaii's Tsunami Risk: Study. See also the UH News Release.


October 13, 2014
Klaus Keil Awarded the Abraham-Gottlob-Werner Medal
Dr. Klaus Keil awarded the 2014 Abraham-Gottlob-Werner Medal. (Left) Klaus Keil speaking at the award ceremony during the 92nd annual meeting of the German Mineralogical Society. (Right) Receiving the award from Prof. Francois Holtz (Society's Vice-President and President-elect).
We extend our warmest congratulations to Klaus Keil, HIGP Emeritus Professor, who has been awarded the Abraham-Gottlob-Werner Medal, the highest honor for scientific research bestowed by the German Mineralogical Society. Given in recognition of outstanding scientific work, Dr. Keil is honored for his extensive research on the mineralogy and petrology of extraterrestrial materials. The medal was presented in September by Prof. Francois Holtz, the Society's Vice-President and President-elect (pictured on the right) during the 92nd annual meeting of the Society, held in Jena, Germany, which is also Dr. Keil's hometown. The award citation included, "Prof. Keil is one of the outstanding petrologists who pioneered petrological studies by combining these with high-resolution analytical techniques, and he is one of the most world-renowed cosmochemists. Prof. Keil and Kurt Fredriksson pioneered the application and development of electron beam micoanalysis for chemical studies of extraterrestrial samples."


October 2, 2014
Article including acoustic records of volcanic eruptions by Milton Garces and the Infrasound Lab of the University of Hawaii. Milton Garces, HIGP Associate Researcher and Director of the Infrasound Laboratory, explains his work in this article "Erratic Furnaces of Infrasound: Volcano Acoustics" in Sounding Out!, a weekly online publication of sound studies.



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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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