Impacts of Hurricane Iselle on Puna

Category One Hurrican Iselle made a landfall on Hawai’i Island on the evening of August 7th, 2014. The hurricane system stayed in the southeastern (windward) part of Hawai’i Island before being broken up by wind shear caused by the high altitude mountains, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, of the island and moved northward as a downgraded tropical storm. The district of Puna situated in the southeastern part of Hawai’i Island sustained serious damage.
Research Objectives

Immediately after the storm, researchers and students from University of Hawai’i at Hilo and colleagues have initiated research projects to assess the impacts of Hurricane Iselle and recovery of East Hawai’i ecosystems.


These assessments build on pre-existing data of ongoing research in the University of Hawaii Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (National Science Foundation CREST0833211), and is supported by CREST, National Science Foundation EPSCoR (EPS-0903833), and University of Hawaii at Hilo.



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