Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory

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The Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) is a regional undersea research facility under the auspices of the U. S. government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Undersea Research Program and administered by the University of Hawaii.[1] Its headquarters are at University of Hawaii at Manoa, in Honolulu. The laboratory was founded in cooperation with NOAA in 1980.[2] It is considered one of the more important of the independently run undersea research laboratories in the U.S.[3] The laboratory conducts undersea research on volcanic risks in conjunction with the United States Geological Survey, including seismic surveys, monitoring of volcanic activity, and using submersibles for undersea observation and surveying.[4] HURL is also actively involved in monitoring coastal ecosystems, including coral reef habitats and fisheries in Hawaii.[5] HURL conducts maritime archaeology research including visiting World War II wreckages from the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.[1]

In 2011, marine scientists from HURL celebrated the 1,000th dive of Pisces V (one of two submersibles). By 1981 they spent nearly 9,000 hours underwater around the Pacific Ocean.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b van Tilburg, Hans (2002). "Underwater archaeology, Hawaiian style". In Ruppé, Carol; Barstad, Jan. International Handbook of Underwater Archaeology. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 247–266. ISBN 978-0-306-46345-7. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Hawaiʻi Undersea Research Laboratory. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ National Research Council (U.S.), Committee on Undersea Vehicles and National Need (1996). Undersea Vehicles and National Need. National Research Council. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-309-05384-6. 
  4. ^ Garcia, Michael O.; Caplan-Auerbach, Jackie; De Carlo, Eric H.; Kurz, M.D.; Becker, N. (2005-09-20). "Geology, geochemistry and earthquake history of Lōʻihi Seamount, Hawaiʻi". This is the author's personal version of a paper that was published on 2006-05-16 as "Geochemistry, and Earthquake History of Lōʻihi Seamount, Hawaiʻi's youngest volcano", in Chemie der Erde - Geochemistry (66) 2:81–108. SOEST. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  5. ^ Nichols, C. Reid; Porter, David L.; Williams, Robert G. (2003). Recent Advances and Issues in Oceanography. Greenwood Publishing Group Incorporated. p. 206. ISBN 978-1-57356-406-9. 
  6. ^ "Submersible Completes 1,000th Dive Off Hawaii". OurAmazingPlanet. 2011-04-06. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  7. ^ "Students nationwide virtually participate in Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory's 1,000th Pisces submersible dive". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2011-04-05. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 

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