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The Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) has a reputation for high quality education and research, through innovative laboratory and field investigations on land and at sea. Learn more about our degree programs and geoscience research at (Click on the image to see the video in a separate window.)

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Image of WHOI ROV Scientific mission explores one of the deepest trenches

Jeffrey Drazen, an Oceanography Associate Professor, joins an international team of researchers to use the world's only full-ocean depth, hybrid remotely operated vehicle, WHOI’s Nereus, and other advanced technology to explore life in the depths of the Kermadec Trench. The 40-day expedition, which began on 12 April 2014, kicks off an ambitious three-year collaborative effort funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Kermadec Trench, off the northeastern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, is the fifth deepest trench in the world with a maximum of depth of 10,047 meters (32,963 feet or 6.24 miles). It is also one of the coldest trenches due to the inflow of deep-water originating from Antarctica.

Read more about it in the UH Mānoa News, the UH System News, and at KNON2. Image courtesy of WHOI.

Image of Turnif Seamount Charting the seafloor of Papahānaumokuākea MNM

On 11 April 2014, scientists returned from a 36-day mapping expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. PMNM is the largest protected area in the United States, encompassing an area greater than all its national parks combined, yet over half its seafloor has never been mapped in detail due to the limited availability of the advanced sonar systems required. The survey, carried out aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI) 272-foot R/V Falkor, mapped over 40,000 square kilometers (15,445 square miles) of previously unmapped or poorly mapped areas inside the Monument. This represents approximately 11 percent of the total area of PMNM.

Read more about it and watch the video at KITV4; in the UH Mānoa News, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required), and Kaunānā. Image courtesy of C. Kelly / HURL.

Image of former US Vice President Al Gore Gore, experts gather for sustainability conference

On Tuesday 15 April, former US Vice President Al Gore spoke at a free public lecture at UH Mānoa’s Stan Sheriff Center. The lecture was part of Ascent, a day-long conference on clean energy and a sustainable future, hosted by UH Sea Grant College Program, Chancellor Tom Apple, and US Senator Brian Schatz. “A future in which we create economic and social opportunities for all, advance an enriching quality of life, preserve cultural inheritance, and promote stewardship of our natural resources for future generations is within reach,” said UH Sea Grant director Gordon Grau. “Through this conference, we have an opportunity to bring the best and brightest minds together to focus on Hawai‘i and start to build our sustainable future.”

Read more about it and see a video report in the UH Mānoa News; read more about it at KHON2 (including a list of the conference participants), Honolulu Civil Beat, the UH System News, and the UH Mānoa News. Image courtesy of A. Gore.

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