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The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST)

SOEST, Hawai‘i, is a great place for research, innovation, exploration and education. We are leading advances in understanding the ocean, climate, Earth and planets, and developing technologies to help solve energy/resource issues and mitigate natural hazards.

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Department of Geology and Geophysics

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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Department of Oceanography

An introduction to the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM)’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). Learn who we are and how we make a difference on the Blue Planet! (Click on the image to see the video in a separate window.)

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Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE)

As a National Science Foundation-sponsored Science and Technology Center, C-MORE strives for a more comprehensive understanding of the diversity and ecological role of microorganisms in the sea. Stated holistically, C-MORE‘s primary mission is: Linking Genomes to Biomes

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Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP)

Through the development and application of innovative technology HIGP researchers are exploring phenomena on Earth from the depth of the ocean to the tops of volcanoes and throughout the solar system including on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

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Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB)

HIMB is widely recognized for its contributions to marine biological studies in coral reef ecology, conservation biology, molecular evolution, aquaculture, biogeochemistry, bioacoustics and marine animal behavior, and physiology. Built on an island surrounded by coral reefs and close to deep ocean water, HIMB scientists are able to examine estuarine and coastal/pelagic processes that are important for global societies in the face of climate change and sea level rise.

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Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL)

Operating two of only eight deep-diving submersibles in the world, HURL provides the science and engineering communities with safe and efficient, cutting edge submergence capability. A regional center in the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, HURL supports proposals to conduct undersea research in offshore and nearshore waters of the main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and waters of the central, southwestern, and western Pacific, including the new marine national monuments.

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Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS)

The state of the ocean and beaches throughout the Pacific Islands Region affects our economies, our environment, and public health and safety. PacIOOS provides the scientific information decision-makers and ocean users need in a free, accessible, and useful manner in order to positively affect how we live, work, play in, and care for our ocean home.

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Below is a sampling of videos from or featuring SOEST researchers addressing a single topic or field of study. Click on the preview image or the title to view the video in a pop-up window (you may need to turn off pop-up blockers), unless otherwise noted.


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New! How to train your coral

Coral bleaching is a huge threat to the planet's coral reefs. Instead of dwelling on the doom and gloom of the future oceanic conditions that corals are facing, Ruth Gates of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) is using cutting edge technology to try to understand the processes at work deep inside coral tissues. Click on the image or title to watch the video.

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Sea Level Rise Educational Video

This video by Phil Thompson, associate director of the UH Sea Level Center (UHSLC), is part of a science communications portfolio developed by Elisha Wood-Charlson, communications project manager for C-MORE, and Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Outreach Associate Melissa Varga. Their communication-training guide that will help researchers transform their work into a communications plan that is more accessible for local audiences. Read more about it in the UH System News.

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Hawai‘i, vulnerable to tsunamis, prepares for the worst

Hawai‘i is vulnerable to tsunamis and is in the forefront of preparations and research, but the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan led Hawai‘i officials to re-evaluate their plans. In this Voice of America video, Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) director Rhett Butler and Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering (ORE) researcher Kwok Fai Cheung discuss the history and future of tsunamis in Hawai‘i, including updating evacuation zone maps based on Cheung’s models.

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Large fresh water supply discovered on Hawai‘i Island

In March 2013, researchers from UH Mānoa and UH Hilo began drilling at 6400 feet above sea level in the saddle region between the mountains of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. HIGP faculty member 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. Click on the image or title to watch the UH video report.

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Nature cover image Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT)

The Hawaii Ocean Time-series program has been making repeat measurements at Station ALOHA since 1988. Such time series observations are necessary for helping to build an understanding of how changes in Earth’s climate are influencing marine life. This video was submitted into the Ocean180 Film Challenge, sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence. The video is based on work published in the journal Nature Reviews Microbiology. UPDATE: The video is one of ten finalists! Over 50,000 6–8th grade students will be viewing each video and voting on their favorite.

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Victor and Peggy Pavel Endowed Chair in Microbial Oceanography Celebration

Ceremonies at C-MORE Hale celebrating the generous estate gifts of Victor and Peggy Pavel to the University of Hawai‘i, including the establishment of the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel Endowed Chair in Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at SOEST, of which David M. Karl,, professor of Oceanography and director of the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), is the first recipient.

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UH Oceanography Turns 50: OUR ROOTS

UH Oceanography Turns 50: OUR ROOTS — a presentation by David M. Karl,, professor of Oceanography and director of (C-MORE), at the Oceanography Seminar on 23 August 2014, covering the “roots”  of the Department from the founding of the University to the founding of the field of study.

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UH's two manned subs may be left on dry land for lack of funds

The Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL)’s two manned submersibles are among just eight deep-diving human occupied vehicles in the world, and among just three in the US. But their operations could come to an halt if new funding doesn’t surface. Read more about it and watch the video at Hawaii News Now.

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UH on the forefront of coral bleaching research

After the worst coral bleaching event ever recorded in Hawai‘i, scientists and researchers with the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) are diligently monitoring and testing affected coral reefs in Kāne‘ohe Bay, along with other areas on O‘ahu, and parts of the NW Hawaiian islands. “A bleached coral can either recover or it will die,” said HIMB researcher Ruth Gates. “It is as simple as that and we really don’t know what that outcome is until months after that event.” HIMB researcher Courtney Couch adds, “[T]here’s evidence that suggests that [the events] are becoming more frequent and severe.”

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Video cameras reveal secret lives of reef sharks

Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) assistant researcher Carl Meyer and his collaborators have mounted video cameras on the fins of reef sharks, giving them new insights into what the predators do all day. Read more about it and watch the video at National Geographic.

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Ocean expedition maps Lō‘ihi’s deepest reaches

There is a greater understanding of the youngest volcano in the Hawaiian island chain — Lō‘ihi Seamount, just over a half-mile below the ocean’s surface and 21 miles southeast of the island of Hawai‘i —  and the role submerged volcanoes play in Earth’s history, after a scientific expedition in the summer of 2014 led by SOEST researchers aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor, and building on work by the Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL). Brian Glazer, associate professor of Oceanography, is interviewed in this UH Mānoa video; read more about it in the UH System News.

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SCOPE: $40 million 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 had 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 System News (with more news links here).

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Full Power: Alternative Energy Partnerships Flourish in Asia

The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) supports the Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Program (APTEP), centered in Hawai‘i with partnerships in Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Laos, Vietnam, and Japan, which supports the development of alternative energy technologies. With support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), it takes a three-pronged approach, supporting cutting-edge energy research; educating students and teachers in energy-related fields; and supporting businesses trying to bring alternative energy products to the marketplace. Read more about it here.

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UH partners with Battelle to market robotic vessel

UH’s six-foot-long Unmanned Port Security Vessel (UPSV) is a robotic platform designed to support maritime missions in harbor and port environments including infrastructure inspection and incident response and recovery, and harbor surveillance. The UPSV was designed and built in Hawai‘i by UH researchers, students, and contractors in partnership with Battelle. See the related links in the archived news item, and watch the video at Vimeo.

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Open House excites future scientists

Every two years SOEST opens its doors to thousands of school children and families during a two-day long Open House that exposes kids of all ages to the wonders of science in disciplines UH Mānoa is internationally recognized for. The event features a wide variety of exhibits, activities and demonstrations. Watch this entertaining and informative video at the UH News videos page.

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The Hawai‘i Ocean Time-series (HOT) program turns 25

”In October 2013, the HOT program began its 25th year of sustained ocean measurements at Station ALOHA. The resulting time-resolved suite of measurements fundamentally changed our view of ecosystem variability in the subtropical North Pacific.” Matthew J. Church discusses the continuing program in this University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Oceanography Department Seminar.

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HIMB — Comparative Reef Research

The Seaver Institute awarded HIMB $100,000 to fund comparative reef research at multiple Pacific locations using advanced rebreather technology. To learn more about these rich coral habitats, HIMB’s research professor Brian Bowen and Richard Pyle, associate zoologist, database coordinator, and diving safety officer for the Bernice P. Bishop Museum, are embarking on a three-year study to discover, document, and characterize deep coral reefs at three locations across the Pacific Ocean.

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Fifth IPCC Climate Assessment Report at UH

Axel Timmermann, professor of Oceanography and IPRC researcher, and Mark Merrifield, professor of Oceanography and director of the UH Sea Level Center (UHSLC), presented the Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis of the Fifth IPCC Climate Assessment Report summary findings to a packed audience. David Karl, professor of Oceanography and director of C-MORE, hosted and moderated the special event and provided background information. Watch the HD video at Vimeo.

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“How to launch a 13-ton submarine, Part 2” | UnderH2O

In part two of the two-part episode of UnderH2O about the submersible operation at the Hawai‘i Undersea Research Lab (HURL), we observe the launch and recovery of the Pisces V submersible from the recently-restored LRT (Launch, Recovery, and Transport) Platform — a marvel of undersea technology.

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“How to launch a 13-ton submarine, Part 1” | UnderH2O

In part one of a two-episode by UnderH2O, we look at the submersible operation at the Hawaii Undersea Research Lab (HURL), and meet Terry Kerby, a legend of the underwater world. Terry has been piloting submarines for over 30 years. Part two will show the launch and recovery of the Pisces V submersible from the recently-restored LRT (Launch, Recovery, and Transport) Platform. Also, read more about it in the Huffington Post.

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HI-SEAS mission to “Mars” comes to end

In a dome on Hawai‘i’s Mauna Loa volcano, six researchers simulated what it's like to live on Mars. The NASA-funded collaboration between UH Mānoa and Cornell studied how to keep astronauts happily fed on long space missions. Hawai‘i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) investigator Kim Binsted (ICSD, UHNAI, and G&G) hopes to present findings at the International Astronautical Congress in 2013. Watch the videos at NBC News, KITV, KHON, and UH System News.

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Plastic. It’s what for dinner.

Large, predatory fishes from offshore waters around Hawai‘i ingest a surprisingly large amount of plastic and other debris. These extensive new observations suggest that more attention should be given to subsurface marine debris, and to any implications for human consumption. Oceanography grad student Anela Choy is the lead author, with advisor associate professor Jeff Drazen, of the paper in Marine Ecology Progress Series (PDF). Watch the videos at KITV, Hawaii News Now, and KHON.

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Are you protected from cyber attacks?

Not only can hackers access your computer and its files, they can look at you through those built in cameras. Brian Chee, director of the Advanced Network Computing Lab (ANCL) teaches students about network security. He strongly advises using — and frequently changing — complex passwords with random letters and numbers on networked devices and routers, and keeping software up to date. Security can be low-tech, too, like putting a post-it over a computer camera lens not in use.

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“The Microscopic World of Corals” on UnderH2O

Corals are beautiful when seen through your own eyes in sunlight, but for scientists at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), seeing corals in this manner is not enough. They are using a revolutionary new tool called a laser scanning confocal microscope to take photographs of corals that are one part art and one part science. In this episode of UnderH2O, they take us along for a ride with this amazing new technology and show us corals in a way we have never seen them before.

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Waikīkī shoreline holds up against pounding surf

Despite the pounding the beach has taken from recent southern swells, G&G professor and SOEST Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs Chip Fletcher said the beach at Waikīkī was doing very well. “We’ve been watching, monitoring the digital cameras. We’ve been down and visited the beach a couple of times. There is some erosion but it’s relatively minor,” referring to the Pacific Islands Observing System (PacIOOS) camera above the Sheraton Waikīkī. See the video at KHON2.

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Scientists survey diseased reefs off Kaua‘i

A coral disease continues to attack brown rice coral off the island of Kaua‘i’s northern coast. HIMB assistant researcher Greta Aeby comments on recent work off Hanalei by a team lead by Bernardo Vargas-Angel, a NOAA coral ecologist. See the video at Hawaii News Now.

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“Pele Meets the Sea”

This 27-minute educational video (posted on YouTube in two parts) illustrates the subaerial and submarine volcanic activity occurring at Kīlauea Volcano, Hawai‘i. Written and narrated by Oceanography professor Frank Sansone. Photographed by Richard Pyle and Jane Culp.
Watch Part One and Part Two.

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Energy, Environment, Economy: The next 30 years

A reality driven look at energy, economy and environment, this talk by Geology & Geophysics (G&G) Professor Emeritus Fred Duennebier takes an evidence-based look at the next 30 years. Recorded on 08 February 2013, this talk was part the G&G TGIF seminar series.

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Less rainfall expected for the Hawaiian Islands

Rainfall over the Hawaiian Islands has been declining since 1978, and this trend is likely to continue with global warming through the end of this century, according to a team of scientists lead by International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) assistant researcher Oliver Elison Timm with colleagues at UH Mānoa and the University of Colorado at Boulder. The study appeared in the online issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research. See the video at

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Occurrence of white sharks in Hawaiian waters

A study by Oceanography researcher Kevin Weng and Randy Honebrink of the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) sheds new light on the rare observance of white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in the waters surrounding Hawai‘i. The study also suggests a method to help distinguish between white sharks and closely related species such as makos; it was published in the Journal of Marine Biology. See the video at

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Vog forecast website in limbo after funding ends

When a vent opened at Halemaumau Crater on Hawai‘i Island in 2008, Steven Businger, professor of Atmospheric Sciences, said he felt a need to start a public vog forecast model to provide information for the public. Initial funding was through the USGS resulted in the development of the Vog Measurement and Prediction Project (VMAP). The program has depended on volunteers since then, but the program just got support from the university to hire a student for the next two years. See the video at

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Space is the next frontier for UH

The Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) is leading the way in a historic effort: the first ever space launch from the 50th state. When the Super Strypi missile is launched in October 2013, it will be the culmination of the efforts of faculty and students from UHM, Kaua‘i Community College and Honolulu Community College. President M.R.C. Greenwood said, “The work on this mission is creating invaluable workforce development opportunities and training for students…”

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Hawaii Ocean Time-series: The 250th Expedition

In March 2013, the Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT) program completed its 250th research expedition to its open ocean field site. After nearly 25 years of near-monthly sampling, the HOT program measurements serve as an important barometer of global change, providing unprecedented views on changes to the subtropical North Pacific Ocean. This program has been supported by research grants from NSF. The video is Science 360’s video of the day for 25 April 2013!

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“Observing coral symbiome using laser scanning confocal microscopy

Congratulations! 2012 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge Honorable Mention for Video goes to goes to Christine Farrar, Zac Forsman, Ruth Gates, Jo-Ann Leong, and Robert Toonen, all at HIMB, for the video “Observing the coral symbiome using laser scanning confocal microscopy.” Images of living corals and their symbiotic red algae under different wavelengths of light were captured by a confocal microscope and compiled into 3-D time-lapse animations.

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Senator Daniel K. Inouye (1924–2012)

Senator Inouye was an effective advocate for STEM education, basic research, and outreach missions. His efforts have greatly enhanced the capacity for research at UH, especially in the area of marine science. He participated in both the 2009 ground-breaking and the 2010 grand opening of C-MORE Hale, and was responsible for securing funds to construct the R/V Kilo Moana. Also watch the video celebrating the renaming of C-MORE Hale as “The Daniel K Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography.”

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Oceanographer Sylvia Earle on why we need manned ocean explorations

Legendary explorer and oceanographer Sylvia Earle’s last dive with the Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) and its two manned submersibles: Pisces IV and Pisces V as they explore the unique environment of the deep sea floor around Hawai‘i. In video of the submersibles in action on their last dive on 15 December 2012, Earle passionately explains why we still need manned ocean exploration. Chris Kelly, HURL program biologist, is also highlighted.

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Unprecedented, man-made trends in ocean’s acidity

Aragonite saturation at the ocean’s surface is projected to decrease towards the end of the 21st century as man-made carbon dioxide accumulation in the atmosphere continues to rise, according to a study of an international team of scientists led by the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC). For related videos, please visit the IPRC YouTube channel.

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Encounter with six-gill shark (Hexanchus griseus) at 3,300 feet

Oceanography professors Jeff Drazen and Craig Smith, and others, captured extraordinary video of an 18-foot deep-sea six-gill shark during a 2006 research submersible dive off Moloka‘i. This member of the species Hexanchus griseus bumped into the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory’s (HURL) Pisces V submersible while it was at a depth of 3,300 feet. For related videos, please visit the HURL YouTube channel.

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Milton Garcés “Primordial Sounds”

HIGP associate researcher Milton Garcés, director of the Infrasound Laboratory, gives a short, non-technical “pop talk” at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2011 Fall meeting about infrasound: sound generated by many natural phenomena like earthquakes, but too low to be heard by humans. For related videos, please visit the Infrasound Lab YouTube channel.

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IPRC scientists revise forecast on tsunami debris

On the first anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake, International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) senior researcher Nikolai Maximenko spoke about the current status of the tsunami debris that the earthquake generated. Maximenko and scientific computer programmer Jan Hafner predict that debris could reach the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in early 2013. For related videos, please visit the IPRC YouTube channel.

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HURL discovered Japanese midget submarine

During test and training dives in August 2002 the Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) discovered the Japanese midget sub that was shot and sunk outside of Pearl Harbor approximately one hour before the air raid on 07 December 1941. The sub was found in excellent condition, virtually untouched since it fell to the seafloor. For related videos, please visit the HURL YouTube channel.

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