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 www.soest.hawaii.edu/GG/. (Click on the image to see the video in a separate window.)
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The Coastal Geology Group (CGG) has an extensive section of its website devoted to the issue of rising sea levels. Part of the discussion focuses on how O‘ahu might be affected by scenarios of sea-level rise sketched out in a paper presented to the National Academy of Sciences in 2009. It projects what can be expected under conditions of one-, two- and three-foot rises in sea level forecast to arrive, respectively, some time in 2040–2050, 2050–2070 and 2070–2090. The site includes a video “virtual fly-over”animating a three-foot sea level rise scenario (at high tide) for Honolulu.
Data from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper that flew aboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter shows a diverse mineralogy in the subsurface of the Moon’s giant South Pole Aitken (SPA) basin. Researchers say the differing mineral signatures could be reflective of the minerals dredged up at the time of the giant impact 4 billion years ago. If that's true, then the SPA basin could hold important information about the Moon's interior and the evolution of its crust and mantle. Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) researcher Peter Isaacson is a co-author of the study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.
Christina Runyon, a graduate student in marine biology and research assistant at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), returns to Kaua‘i to continue studying a deadly coral disease around the island. In February 2013, she was selected to lead the university’s investigation of the outbreak. On this trip, Runyon will focus her attention on Kaua‘i’s south- and east-facing shores, where biologist Terry Lilley believes the disease has begun infecting large mound and lobe corals. “It only makes sense to do island wide surveys,” she said. “We haven’t established baselines on that side. We don’t know what’s going on (there).”
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Students may pursue a Professional Master’s Degree in Geoscience (MGeo) in the Department of Geology & Geophysics (G&G) starting in Fall 2014. For more information, including admission requirements, click here.
Nominations and applications are sought for the position of Director, Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP). For more information, please download the advertisement PDF or visit the HIGP search web page.
Nominations and applications are sought for the position of Director, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine
Biology (HIMB). For more information, please download the advertisement PDF or visit the HIMB search web page; also, download the flyer PDF.
“Power-down period” for the UH Mānoa campus is:
~6pm 24 Dec 2013–01 Jan 2014
C-MORE Hale, MSB, HIG, and POST will be open. Holmes Hall information is here (see “Mānoa Green Days ‘Power Down’”). Campus Security will secure MSB at 5:30pm, and POST at 10:30pm.
Both Fiscal and Personnel Office will be closed on 26, 27, 30 & 31 Dec 2013. The Dean’s Office will be open 8am–4:30pm, M–F, except public holidays. For additional information, please visit the main MGD website, which includes the MGD Memo (PDF).
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.