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SCOPE: UH’s largest private foundation gift

The Simons Foundation has awarded Edward DeLong and David Karl $40 million to lead the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE), making it the largest private foundation gift UH has ever received. SCOPE aims to further our understanding of the microscopic organisms that inhabit every drop of seawater and how those creatures control the movement and exchange of energy and nutrients, from the surface waters to the deep sea. Learn more in this UH Mānoa video, and read about it on the UH News page (with more news links here).

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Mars 2020 rover image HIGP scientists on Mars 2020 Rover instrument teams

NASA has announced the selection of seven science instruments for the Mars 2020 rover chosen from a field of 58 proposals received from researchers and engineers worldwide. Among the selections are the Mastcam-Z, an advanced camera system, with team volcanologist HIGP’s Sarah Fagents who will work with the team's principal investigator Jim Bell (School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University). Also selected is the SuperCam instrument, with Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy experts HIGP’s Shiv Sharma and Anupam Misra who will work with the team's principal investigator Roger Wiens (Los Alamos National Laboratory).

Read more about it and watch the video at KITV4, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required), in Kaunānā and the UH System News. Image courtesy of NASA.

Climate Change Impacts in Hawaii cover Is Hawai‘i prepared for the impacts of climate change?

A new report titled Climate Change Impacts in Hawai‘i: A summary of climate change and its impacts to Hawai‘i’s ecosystems and communities (PDF) produced by the UH Sea Grant College Program with funding from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), helps answer questions such as, “What can we expect with regard to climate change in the future, and how can we best prepare? What does climate change look like? What is the current state of scientific knowledge regarding climate change globally, and how does it relate to Hawai‘i specifically?” Dolan Eversole, coordinator of the NOAA Sea Grant Coastal Storms Program for the Pacific Islands Region, is lead author of the report.

Read more about it in PhysOrg and Kaunānā. Image courtesy of UH Sea Grant College Program.

Schematic cutaway view of the lucinid genus Codakia Symbiotic survival

One of the most diverse families in the ocean today—marine bivalve mollusks known as Lucinidae (or lucinids)—originated more than 400 million years ago in the Silurian period, with adaptations and life habits like those of its modern members. Publishing in Geology, G&G researcher Steven Stanley tracks the remarkable evolutionary expansion of the lucinids through significant symbiotic relationships. The Lucinidae remained at very low diversity until the rise of mangroves and seagrasses near the end of the Cretaceous. Especially important in their diversification was the lucinids’ development of a symbiotic relationship with seagrasses where they took advantage of the oxygen-poor, sulfide-rich sediments below roots and rhizomes.

Read more about it at PhysOrg. Image courtesy of S.M. Stanley.

image of Hurricane Iniki over Kaua'i Hurricane season is 01 June thru 30 November

Track tropical storm and hurricane development and movement at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. The 2014 hurricane season begins on 01 June and ends on 30 November. To help you prepare for hurricanes (and other natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunami, and floods from other causes), the UH Sea Grant College Program’s Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards is available as a PDF or printed book. Keep track of weather conditions at the Hawai‘i Beach Hazard Forecast Site, the Meteorology Weather Server, and the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System.

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