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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.

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image of snailfish New record for deepest fish

A ghostly never-before-seen fish with wing-like fins has set a new depth record for fish. During a recent 30-day expedition aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI)’s research vessel Falkor to the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean — the deepest place on Earth — the previously-unknown snailfish was filmed several times floating along the dark sea floor, reaching a record low of 8143 meters below the surface. The unusual fish, spotted on the expedition led by Oceanography professor Jeff Drazen and Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) professor Patty Fryer, has a different body shape from other known varieties of snailfish. It boasts broad, translucent fins, stringy appendages, and an eel-like tail that allows it to glide smoothly.

Read more about it and watch the video at New Scientist and io9; read more about it at BBC and Hawaii News Now. Image courtesy of SOI / HADES; click on it to see the full version.

Micrograph of comet dust particle Air quality in Pahoa monitored by temporary devices

Three temporary particulate monitors have been installed in the Pahoa area of Hawai‘i Island by the Hawai’i State Department of Health (DOH). These devices measure air quality levels from the June 27 lava flow; the results are posted for residents to see at Clean Air Branch on the state DOH web site. The Department of Atmospheric Sciences (ATMO) has also developed a model to forecast the lava flow smoke in Puna as part of the Vog Measurement and Prediction Project (VMAP). Health officials recommend residents in smoke affected areas avoid outdoor activities — and anyone with respiratory illness or heart disease — along with older adults and children are urged to avoid smoke exposure.

Read more about it in Big Island Now, Hawaii News Now, and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Image courtesy Hawaii News Now.

graphic of East Pacific hurricane tracks El Niño’s fueling effect on intense hurricanes

El Niño, the abnormal warming of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, is a well-studied tropical climate phenomenon that occurs every few years. Scientists have observed that El Niño greatly influences the yearly variations of tropical cyclones (a general term that includes hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones) in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Fei-Fei Jin and Julien Boucharel of SOEST, and I-I Lin at the National Taiwan University recently published a paper in the journal Nature that reports on their discovery of an oceanic pathway that brings El Niño’s heat into the Northeastern Pacific basin two or three seasons after its winter peak — right in time to directly fuel intense hurricanes in that region.

Read more about in the UH System News, EurekAlert!, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required), Hawaii 24/7, Reporting Climate Science, Kaunānā, and Raising Islands. Image courtesy F.-F. Jin / SOEST; click on it to see the full version.

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