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'Ike Wai: Securing Hawaii's Water Future (Hawaii EPSCoR)

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Hawaiʻi EPSCoR's project is named ʻIke Wai, from the Hawaiian words for “knowledge” and “water,” respectively. The project mission is to ensure Hawaiʻi’s future water security through an integrated program of research, education, community engagement, and decision support. Its vision is to promote water resource management in Hawaiʻi that is sustainable, responsible, and data driven. Scientific, cultural, and social dimensions to the problem of water security are integrated in a transparent, stakeholder-driven, and rigorous water research enterprise with the following goals:

-Collect new hydrological and geophysical data at two study sites, on Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island, to address data gaps in understanding of subsurface structure and flow.

-Develop a new data and modeling platform for Hawaiʻi volcanic hydro-geology, economic modeling, and decision support.

-Establish an integrated set of pathways to train and develop a diverse cohort of students, post-doctoral, and faculty researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to address Hawaiʻi’s water challenges.

The Education goal of the ʻIke Wai project is to establish an integrated set of pathways to train and develop a diverse cohort of students, post-doctoral, and faculty researches at UH Hilo and UH Mānoa to address Hawaiʻi’s water challenges. There are Undergraduate Summer Bridge programs, Undergraduate Scholars programs, and a mentoring program for all ʻIke Wai participants, as well as on-going professional development for students, post-docs, and faculty researchers.
accepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Hawaii, Mānoa (Lead)
Chaminade University
University of Hawaii, Hilo
University of Hawaii

Program Materials:
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Academic Disciplines:
Geological Sciences


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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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