With our waters getting warmer, we don’t have the capacity to monitor every reef for bleaching and mortality. We needed more eyes in the water, and we needed to equip them with a tool to quantify their changes,
"This report confirms that the IfA is a world leader in astronomical instrumentation... It is a great example of just how important astronomy has been, and will continue to be to the future of our state."
A locally developed rapid COVID-19 test that's already being evaluated by The Queen’s Medical Center and the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine is now a finalist in the international XPRIZE Rapid Covid Testing competition.
Astronomers and a team of data-sleuthing volunteers have discovered roughly 100 'cool worlds' near the Sun — objects more massive than planets but lighter than stars, known as brown dwarfs.
"The urchins have proven to be key tools for this work in a marine environment and are instrumental in helping save near-shore reefs that are in trouble."
The name Auricullela gagneorum was chosen to honor long-time champions of Hawaiian biodiversity, Wayne and Betsy Gagne. The couple spent their lives advocating for the discovery, study and preservation of Hawaii’s biocultural resources.
UH researchers gathered results by measuring water clarity approximately once a week from April 21 to June 16. They will continue to measure water clarity weekly at Hanauma Bay for the duration of the closure.