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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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Humu'ula drill site image Large fresh water supply discovered on Hawai‘i Island

In March 2013, researchers from UH Mānoa and UH Hilo began drilling at an elevation of 6400 feet in the saddle region between the mountains of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Hawai‘i Island. Donald Thomas, HIGP faculty member and director of the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV), is leading the effort. What they discovered seven months later may radically change conventional wisdom regarding the state’s most valuable resource: fresh water. “The conventional model that we worked with for years and years is that we have a relatively thin basal fresh water lens,” he said. “We found something just completely different. The stable water table in the saddle is not 500 feet above sea level. It’s more like 4500 feet above sea level.”

Read more about it and watch the video in the UH System News and on our video page, and at Hawaii News Now; also read about in the report in EOS. Image courtesy of UH Mānoa.

Photo of C-MORE Hale UH Mānoa energy efficiency saves millions

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa reported that it saved $3.4 million on energy costs last year. “When they come to Mānoa, students should know that they are coming to a university that exemplifies solutions to the problems that face us in the 21st century — problems like sustainability and climate change,” said Robert Bley-Vroman, UH Mānoa Chancellor. Over the last eight years, the campus has saved more than nine percent on its projected energy costs by implementing strategic air conditioning, lighting, and building control retrofits. Additionally, UH Mānoa has the state’s first LEED Platinum laboratory facility in the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education‘s C-MORE Hale.

Read more about and watch the video at UH System News; read more about it in Pacific Business News and Ka Leo O Hawai‘i. Image courtesy of M. Hakoda; click on it to learn more about the facility.

Lava flow image The world’s hottest volcanoes

New analysis of satellite observations of 95 of Earth’s most active volcanoes was used to determine which volcanoes on Earth have been the hottest since the turn of the 21st century. The answer depends on how you define hottest, but, in terms of total energy radiated, the prize goes to Kīlauea on Hawai‘i Island. Kīlauea has been in eruption for more than 30 years and spilled lava continuously throughout the study period of 2000–14; flows now threaten the town of Pahoa. Iceland’s ongoing Holuhraun eruption has radiated the most heat for an event. The long-term comparative study was led by Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) assistant researcher Robert Wright and was accepted in Geophysical Research Letters.

Read more about it in NASA Earth Observatory, EarthSky, and Iceland Review. Image courtesy of USGS; click on it to see the full version.

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