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UH study: Reef halos could enable coral telehealth checkup worldwide

These bands of bare, sandy seafloor surrounding coral patch reefs could provide a window into reef health around the globe.

Surfing scientists led by UH Hilo professor conducting 3D research at epic Fiji surf break

The team takes high-resolution images of the reef and uses a technique called photogrammetry to create 3D reconstructions that can be studied to help provide a better understanding of reef systems.

UH study: No-fishing zones benefit ʻahi, other large fish species

The recovery is good news for the environment and the global tuna fishing industry, which generates $40 billion in revenues each year and supports millions of jobs around the world.

Two UH studies explain how and why erosion is threatening Waikīkī Beach’s shoreline

The UH studies, conducted by the university’s Climate Resilience Collaborative, will enable coastal managers and policymakers to better manage the coastlines of Hawaiʻi.

Rescue at Kua Bay: ʻThat lady was dead and they saved her lifeʻ

Kua Bay lifeguards Ian McVeigh and Ula Pilago rescued an unresponsive elderly woman from the water and performed life

Is it aliens? Nope. Mysterious bright light off Big Island’s east coast explained

The lights are from a survey vessel carrying field scientists conducting monitoring work in a study area that includes an ocean dredged material disposal site several miles offshore of the Hilo coast.

UH researchers: Half of Earth’s coral reefs face death by 2035 in worst-case scenario

By 2055, it is projected almost all of the world’s coral reefs, or 99%, will face unsuitable environmental conditions.

UH study: Hawaiian corals select algae partnerships to help survive climate change

Teamwork is even more important for coral trying to survive an increasingly warming ocean.

US Coral Reef Task Force Members Tour Hard-Hit Big Island Coral Ecosystem

Coral scientists, biologists and managers from throughout the nation who are in Hawai‘i for the 45th U.S. Coral Reef Task Force meeting got up close and personal Wednesday, Aug. 31, with coral colonies in waters of the Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay.

High Surf Warning Extended Through Monday For South-Facing Shores

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has extended a high surf warning for south-facing shores of the state, including those of the Big Island.

Darby to Bring High Surf, Rain to Big Island as it Passes South

The Big Island’s fight against cancer will continue — tropical storm or not.

County, State Close Beach Parks Ahead of High Surf For Southern Shores

High surf and rough ocean conditions forecast this weekend have led the county to close beach parks along the Big Island’s south-facing shores.

Tropical Storm Warning Issued as Darby Approaches

Darby is now a tropical storm, and despite its weakening trend and forecast track keeping it to the south, the Big Island is likely to still see some impacts. The National Weather Service in Honolulu also issued a tropical storm warning for the state.

Darby Continues to Weaken on Westward Trek South of Big Island

Hurricane Darby is forecast to continue weakening as it makes its westward trek to the south of the Big Island, according to the 5 p.m. advisory from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center on Thursday, July 14.

Hurricane Darby Becomes Major Hurricane Again But Still Expected to Weaken

Hurricane Darby re-intensified Wednesday, July 13, but is still expected to weaken during the next few days.

Humpbacks Might Someday Steer Clear of Hawaiʻi Because of Climate Change

A new paper by a research team that included three University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate students found that humpback whales might one day avoid Hawaiian waters because of climate change and increasing greenhouse gases.

UH to Develop Living Coastal-Protection System Inspired by Coral Reefs

The University of Hawaiʻi is developing an engineered coral reef ecosystem, inspired by natural reefts, to help protect coastlines from flooding, erosion and storm damage.

Beach Restoration Project in Waikīkī Wins National Award

A restoration project at a popular Hawai‘i beach has garnered national accolades.

UH Research to Focus on How Tsunami Debris Increases Damages

A more than $350,000 grant from a national foundation will support research by a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa scientist to answer a question: What about the damage imposed by everything else that tsunami waves sweep up, such as shipping containers, structures and vehicles?

Pacific Whale Foundation’s Online Ocean Camp Returns

The Pacific Whale Foundation is giving keiki throughout the islands a chance to have some online ocean fun again this summer.
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