Department of Oceanography, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawaii

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The Department of Oceanography is located on the University of Hawaii's
largest campus (about 20,000 students), overlooking Waikiki and downtown
Honolulu, the State Capitol and business and cultural center. As a designated
"area of excellence", the marine and earth sciences enjoy strong support at the
State and University levels. This has led to rapid expansion of faculty,
facilities, and programs over the past decade, and the establishment of the
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) in 1988. SOEST
integrates the Departments of Oceanography, Geology and Geophysics,
Meteorology, and Ocean Engineering, the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and
Planetology, the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, the Hawaii Natural Energy
Institute, the Sea Grant and Space Grant Programs, the Hawaii Undersea Research
Laboratory, the International Pacific Research Center, and the Joint Institute
for Marine and Atmospheric Research. With a combined faculty and staff of
almost 700 and an annual operating budget in excess of $35 million, SOEST is a
leading institution of multidisciplinary research and education on the ocean,
earth, and atmosphere.

Including Cooperating and Affiliate members, 55 Graduate Faculty teach and
advise graduate students in the Oceanography field of study. The collective
research expertise and programs of these faculty provide a broad diversity of
potential projects and employment opportunities for students. Department
faculty are loosely organized into three Divisions - Physical Oceanography,
Marine Geology and Geochemistry, and Biological Oceanography - which coordinate
educational and research programs for subdisciplines, maintain shared
equipment, and provide secretarial and other services (e.g., student access to
PCs and workstations) through division offices. Research activities and
publications of the Oceanography Faculty are described on other pages of this
web site. Prospective students are encouraged to contact individual faculty for
further details.


SOEST operates two ocean-going research vessels from its marine operations
center at Honolulu Harbor. These are the R/V Kai'imikai-O-Kanaloa and the R/V
Kilo Moana. Smaller nearshore boats are also available. The Hawaii Undersea
Research Laboratory operates two research submersibles, the Pisces IV and
Pisces V (2,000 meters), and the ROV RCV-150 (914 m). The School maintains
machine, electronics, and engineering shops, a library, and graphics,
publication, photography, and other support facilities.

The SOEST computing facilities are based on a growing network of nearly
three hundred workstations and personal computers. Some workstations are public
and accessible to students. Graphic peripherals include black-and-white and
color laser printers, a 36" IRIS color printer and film printers. The SOEST
computers are interconnected through a 100 Mbps local area network, itself
connected to a 80 Mbps campus-wide network and to a 1.5 Mbps link to U.S.
Internet, through which various supercomputers are accessible. The SOEST also
operates receiving systems for satellite images, for polar orbiting satellites
(AVHRR, SeaWifs, J-ERS, ERS) and for geostationary satellites (GOES, GMS).

Precision instruments include stable isotope and isotope-ratio-monitoring
mass spectrometers; a high speed multi-laser sorting flow cytometer and an
analytical flow cytometer; CHN analyzers; gas and high-pressure liquid
chromatographs; SEM and STEM electron microscopes with an energy dispersive
X-ray fluorescence micro-elemental analyzer; an electron microprobe; an
indirectly-coupled, plasma/atomic emission spectrometer; atomic absorption
system with graphite atomizer; liquid scintillation counters, spectrometers,
and nutrient autoanalyzers.


[Summary provided by the University of Hawaii.]

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