Lower Puna ocean entry gives scientists rare opportunity to collect new data about impact of lava on marine life, sea water
By Stephanie Salmons Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 12:05 a.m.
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With the ongoing eruption and subsequent lava ocean entry in lower Puna, Steven Colbert, an associate professor in the Marine Science Department at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, said he’s been collaborating with Liquid Robotics in Kawaihae Harbor on the use of their Wave Glider technology. The unmanned device is collecting water data and measurements from areas around the lava ocean entry. (Photo courtesy of Liquid Robotics, a Boeing Company)
Dr. Steven Colbert, Marine Science at University of Hawaii at Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)
Wave Gliders, pictured here, are collecting water data from areas around the lavas ocean entry in lower Puna. (Photo courtesy of Liquid Robotics, a Boeing Company)
Dr. Steven Colbert sits in the lab where water sample testing is done in the Marine Science building Friday at University of Hawaii at Hilo. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)
HILO — The lava flow in lower Puna is not only changing the landscape, but the seascape, too, impacting the water and sea life within.