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UH awarded $20M to support state-wide climate resilience through data science

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Hawaiʻi’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (Hawaiʻi EPSCoR) a five-year $20-million grant to fund research and capacity building in support of actionable climate science through a collaboration called Change HI. Hawaiʻi faces unique challenges as climate change impacts resource availability, ecological sustainability, economic vitality and human health in the islands. …

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Groundwater management for people and ecosystems under a changing climate: Insights from the Puʻuloa aquifer

Summary:New research from the University of Hawaiʻi ʻIke Wai project indicates that current legal limits on withdrawals from the Puʻuloa (Pearl Harbor) aquifer, the primary water source for Oʻahu, are not sufficient to protect this important resource. Allowing excessive water withdrawals would make many of the wells in the aquifer unusable for public water supply. …

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Revolutionary climate data portal critical to future planning

Knowledge of climate patterns is critically important for a variety of resource management issues, including groundwater and surface water development and protection, controlling and eradicating invasive species, protecting and restoring native ecosystems, and planning for the effects of global warming. Resource managers, climate researchers, educators and students have a powerful new tool with the launch …

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EPSCoR RII: Bridging EPSCoR Communities Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR announced a new program initiative, NSF 22-536, EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Program: Bridging EPSCoR Communities (RII-BEC) in response to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.    NSF has established the RII-BEC initiative to enable institutions in EPSCoR jurisdictions to set up bridge programs to facilitate the transitions of Affected Groups (e.g., women, …

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Pristine groundwater seeps support native algae on Hawai‘i’s coasts

Native marine macroalgae, also known as limu, or as seaweed, thrive in environments created by natural groundwater seeps, specifically benefiting from the combined effects of enhanced  nutrients despite lowered salinity levels, according to a minireview published recently by a team of University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa researchers. Conversely, in areas where the seeping groundwater is tainted by …

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Discharge of precious groundwater impacted by sea level, ocean tides

Groundwater is a vital resource for humans and ecosystems. Submarine groundwater discharge is a process by which water exits coastal aquifers and enters the ocean. This can be terrestrial freshwater or salty seawater that intruded into the porous aquifer at the ocean’s edge. While precipitation and sea level drive coastal groundwater levels, it is sea …

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AGU Fall Meeting 2021 🗓

Hawaiʻi EPSCoRʻs Track 1 ʻIke Wai project will be featured at this yearʻs AGU Meeting. AGU Fall Meeting is the most influential event in the world dedicated to the advancement of Earth and space sciences. Every year, AGU Fall Meeting  unites >25,000 attendees from 100+ countries in the Earth and space sciences community to share their …

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