LATEST NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Summer 2019 WRRC Faculty Tenure and Promotions

Congratulations to Dr. Marek Kirs and Dr. Sayed Bateni who have achieved tenure and promotion appointments.

Marek Kirs, promotion to Associate Researcher – WRRC
Sayed Bateni, promotion to Associate Professor – WRRC and College of Engineering

Get Hands-on Hydrogeophysical Field Experience on Oʻahu  

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Earth Sciences, Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, and Water Resources Research Center offers Summer Fieldschool course: GG 699 Hydrogeophysics in Volcanic Environments.

This program aims to identify and quantify groundwater flow and its distribution in the old stream valley at Makapu‘u on the island of O‘ahu. Participants will be trained in a wide variety of multi-geophysical methods, including ambient noise seismics, nodal-based, true 3D electrical resistivity tomography, and self-potential.

The course covers the entire geophysical workflow, including data acquisition planning, data collection in the field, data processing, imaging, and hydrogeological interpretations. Special emphasis is on the integration of hydrogeophysical data and hydrologic modeling — a skill that is transferable to the reservoir scale in exploration geophysics. Participants will become familiar with the challenges and solutions for data acquisition and imaging in basaltic environments.

Varied Dates: June 2-22, 2019
Course Fee: $226
Course Info: Please contact Niels Grobbe: ngrobbe@hawaii.edu
or call 808-956-5857 for more information.

Register Now: www.summer.hawaii.edu
Registration Info: Please contact Alan Hunley, hunley@hawaii.edu
or call 808-956-3411 for more information.

Download GG 669 Course Flyer Here

WRRC Welcomes New Water Resources Outreach Specialist  

WRRC is pleased to welcome our newest faculty member, Michael Mezzacapo. He has a joint position with WRRC and the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant. As a Water Resources Outreach Specialist, Michael will play a critical role serving as a statewide and regional liaison to government organizations, resource managers, NGOs, community groups, and decision-makers to provide state-of-the-art research information, technology and tools. He will also work in partnership with university staff and stakeholders to develop programs to provide education and collaborative outreach to address pressing water resource challenges across the Pacific region.

Previously, Michael was the 2017-2018 Michigan Sea Grant Fellow at the International Joint Commission in Windsor, Ontario (Canada), where he assisted with public health research, science communications, and contributed to technical reports addressing transboundary water quality between the United States and Canada. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree from Widener University in Health Science and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College.

In his spare time, you can find him hiking, gardening, cooking and traveling with his partner Ashley. He is also a licensed helicopter pilot and hopes to complete his glider certification in the future.

Please join us in congratulating Michael on his appointment and welcoming him to our WRRC Ohana!

Dr. Roger Babcock Receives 2019 Engineer of the Year Award

Congratulations to Dr. Roger Babcock, Water Resources Research Center and Civil and Environmental Engineering professor, who was awarded the prestigious 2019 Engineer of the Year by the Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers. See featured article in Wiliki O Hawaii, February 2019.

Request for Proposals

Full Proposals due Friday, April 26, 2019 on eProjects for the 2020-2022 Grant Program for Hawai’i and American Samoa.

2020-2022 Request for Proposals

2019 Lau Scholarship Competition Now Closed

The purpose of the scholarship is to further knowledge of Hawai‘i’s natural waters by providing financial assistance that may be used for anything related to costs of attendance or research.

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WRRC Seminar Series

Join us for our upcoming Fall 2019 Seminar Series.

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WRRC Researcher Sayed Bateni wins $980K USDA grant

Water Resources Research Center’s Dr. Sayed Bateni has received a major award from the US Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Innovation Grants program.

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