Research

Water leaks out of patch of sand down to the nearby waves

Why Thermal Cameras are Cool

by John CameronWith all the measures implemented this past year to avoid COVID-19 infections, and to detect those infected, remote thermometers cropped up everywhere, raising general awareness of temperature and how we measure it. Dramatic, highly colorful photos of people ...
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Man-Eating Clams, Endangered by Man

by Paolo Marra-Biggs (he/him)Giant clams are bottom dwelling behemoths, big ol’ bivalves, that live in tropical waters across the Pacific and Indian oceans. These jumbo clams are ginormous, with some species growing to 4 feet long and weighing 500 pounds ...
Model with a shoreline and buildings

Envisioning In Situ Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies for a Densely Developed Coastal Community, Waikīkī

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Wendy Meguro Co-INVESTIGATORS: Charles Fletcher Graduate Fellows: Josephine Briones, Ireland Castillo Sea Grant Partners: Eileen Peppard, Dolan Eversole Relevance: Waikīkī, the economic hub of Hawai‘i’s tourism, is located at low elevation, adjacent to the ocean. It is threatened ...
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A model situation

by Brytne Okuhata Imagine this: you take a deep breath and jump into the ocean. The water surrounds you and flows through your hair. You come back up to the surface and soak in the beauty around you. But invisible ...
A colorful assortment of corals on display in an aquarium

Designing mesocosms

By Zack RagoWe generally think of ecology as the study of interactions between organisms and their environment. This can be easier said than done. Ecosystems are unimaginably complicated at every scale, from the microscopic world to patterns so large they ...
Crabs over ice in a bucket

Contingency Lemonade

by Honour BoothIn the sixth grade, Mrs. Ho taught me a valuable lesson that I have carried with me ever since: "Always have a plan B." As I've gotten older I have adapted it a bit: "Always have a plan ...
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Energy Targets and Efficiency Measures in Multifamily Subtropical Buildings

The Technology | Architecture + Design journal article by associate professor Wendy Meguro and Elliot Glassman from WSP, "Evaluating Energy Targets and Efficiency Measures in Multifamily Subtropical Buildings through Automated Simulation" (April 2021) is available free online here This study ...
Talassa tilapia image indicating contents on frozen food box.

Tilapia Market Report: American Samoa, 2019

 Introduction From December 2018 to April 2019, 15 retail grocery stores, one fish market, and nine restaurants in American Samoa were surveyed by Hawai‘i Sea Grant Extension Agent Kelley Anderson Tagarino and American Samoa Community College student interns Raijeli Toanivere, ...
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Data Acquisition Software for Remote Monitoring

Many of our research projects have involve deploying sensors in buildings to measure temperature, humidity, light, and power use. Some of these sensors have been deployed for years and we need reliable, customized software to automatically acquire sensor data and ...
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Workforce Development

Hawaiʻi Sea Grant and School of Architecture Workforce Development in Sustainability Results in Job Placement for College Students Relevance: A knowledgeable and highly skilled workforce trained to excel in sustainability-related fields is required to meet Hawaiʻi’s goal of 100 percent ...