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On Tuesday 15 April, former US Vice President Al Gore spoke at a free public lecture at UH Manoa’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.”
A huge mass of warm water churning across the tropical Pacific points to the development of a periodic phenomenon that typically brings destructive weather across far reaches of the planet, two SOEST scientists warn. Axel Timmermann, a professor of Oceanography with the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC), says, “I would say there is an 80 percent chance that a big El Niño will develop by the end of the year.” In agreement is Fei-Fei Jin, a professor of Meteorology. “Most people are still cautious, but we have a bunch of experts here on the campus who have been very watchful of this for over a month and we are thinking it could be a pretty serious one.” In Hawai‘i the results could mean a dry winter and wet summer, forecasters say.
NASA’s Earth Observatory reports that Niijima island, a volcano which broke through the ocean’s surface last November, has now merged with nearby Nishinoshima island, which formed 40 years ago. The new island is about a kilometer (six-tenths of a mile) across and 60 meters (almost 200 feet) above sea level at its highest point. At its size in December, the new island was expected to last several years, according to Japanese scientists. Because it has continued to grow, it could last much longer. “A lot of it depends on how fast it erodes,” Ken Rubin, Geology & Geophysics (G&G) professor and expert in deep submarine volcanism, told CNN after the island broke the surface last year. “Until it shuts off, it’s too soon to tell.”
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Hanauma Bay Education Program Community Events
Thursdays in April • 6:30pm
Rhett Butler (April 21-22) Interim Director, HIGP;
Jonathan Dehn (April 28-29) Research Professor, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
John LaBrecque (May 1-2) Lead, Earth Surface and Interior Focus Area, NASA Science Mission Directorate
They are scheduled to participate in two-day visits that cover department discussions; meetings with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and internal and external constituents; and a public presentation. Please visit UH System News for details.
HI2: University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative
This special supplement to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser showcases the new UH Innovation Initiative — HI2 — and highlights several units and programs of the School. Please read the online publication here.