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HIGP is a multi-disciplinary institute conducting advanced research, technology development, teaching, workforce training, and service in cutting-edge oceanographic, atmospheric, geophysical, geological, and planetary science and engineering. We are a part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the Mānoa (Honolulu) campus of the University of Hawai‘i. Our Institute is home to approximately 100 faculty members, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students with access to state-of-the-art laboratories and instrumentation, research vessels, and far-ranging field sites. HIGP partners with the College of Engineering for satellite fabrication and launch through the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory. Our expertise spans the globe from pole to pole, from the deep Earth interior to the upper atmosphere, and extends to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

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July 23, 2015
HIGP Director's Report for FY14-15
Link to Director's report for FY14-15

HIGP Director, Rhett Butler, releases the Director's Report for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.

July 1, 2015
Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research Award Announcement
Link to Evans Fellowships With our congratulations, HIGP is pleased to announce that two graduate students from the Department of Oceanography have been selected for one-year Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research. Sherry Chou is a graduate student with Glenn Carter. Chou's physical oceanography research on the ocean energy budget is focused on internal tides interaction with the Hawaiian Islands. Christopher Schvarcz is a graduate student with Grieg Steward. Schvarcz is pursuing biological oceanography research on marine phytoplankton and their viruses in Hawaiian waters. The fellowships were established by virtue of a very generous gift from the estate of Denise B. Evans. They support outstanding SOEST graduate students in many different fields of oceanographic research. For details, please visit the Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research website.

July 1, 2015
New Dates Determined for Aqueous Alteration on Chondritic Asteroids
Link to publication A team of scientists led by former HIGP Post-Docs, Patricia M. Doyle (now at the University of Cape Town, South Africa) and Kaori Jogo (now at the Korea Polar Research Institute, Korea), and including Kazuhide Nagashima, Alexander Krot, and colleagues from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, University of Chicago, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, investigated aqueous alteration on asteroids. After synthesizing a new mineral standard for their analyses in the UH W. M. Keck Cosmochemistry Lab, the team's new 53Mn-53Cr radiometric dating of meteorite samples indicate that liquid water existed, and aqueous alteration started, on chondritic asteroids about three million years earlier than previously determined. These new dates have big implications on when and where the asteroids formed. See the paper published in Nature Communications and read more about it in the Planetary Science Research Discoveries online journal.

June 16, 2015
UH Mānoa and Hilo Team Secures NASA EPSCoR Funding to use UAVs to Study Active Volcanism
Big Island true-color image from space. A new three-year award for "Developing a Capability at the University of Hawai‘i for Multiple UAV Observations of Active Volcanism" aims to use multiple unmanned aerial vehicles to study lava flows and volcanic plumes at Kilauea volcano. The project will also develop capability and protocol to use UAVs for other types of scientific studies. Principle investigator of the project is HIGP Researcher Peter Mouginis-Mark; co-investigators are HIGP Associate Researchers Rob Wright and John Porter, and UH Hilo Assistant Professor Ryan Perroy. For more see the Press Release from UH Hilo, article in Pacific Business News, and NASA's EPSCoR Press Release of all award recipients.

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HIGP Mission Statement

HIGP solves fundamental problems in Earth and Planetary Science by the development and application of state-of-the-art exploration, measurement, and data analysis technologies. HIGP serves society and the State of Hawai‘i by acquiring and disseminating new knowledge about the Earth and other planetary bodies, and developing and introducing leading edge technologies and a highly trained workforce to the State economy.

Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawai‘i
1680 East-West Road,
Pacific Ocean Science & Technology (POST) Building, Room 602
Honolulu, HI 96822
Office Phone: 808.956.8760
Fax: 808.956.3188
Dr. Rhett Butler, Director  

Director's Report for Fiscal Year 14-15, by Dr. Rhett Butler (posted July 23, 2015)

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