UH Hilo geography researchers have been working with Hawai‘i County Civil Defense and Hawai‘i Island United Way to design a survey that will capture the needs of the lower Puna community affected by the lava flow.
Collaborative venture of UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College uses unmanned aerial vehicle to study lava.
The flights are in direct support of disaster relief operations in the area of the flow.
Ken Hon, UH Hilo professor of geology, and his wife Cheryl Gansecki, a volcano videographer, have teamed up using their specialized skills to produce informational materials for the Puna community experiencing the current lava flow.
The lava flow crisis in Puna has inspired Catherine Becker to develop a book that documents discourse on the impact. She welcomes original essays, articles, research papers, photos, poems, stories and art work for possible inclusion.
SARAH MARUSEK, POLITICAL SCIENCE: With visible property lines gone and disaster management agencies opening up the land for public access, protections for private residents seem to be in opposition with governmental management.
MARK KIMURA, ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY: The “economic” impact is just a small part of the big picture. There are also cultural, political, psychological and environmental impacts. There might also be things we can’t even imagine today.
Mark Kimura, a researcher at UH Hilo who specializes in economic geography, is generating dozens of easy-to-read infographics showing the effects of the lava flow in Puna.
At present, both campuses are planning for classes to continue as scheduled. Members of the university and college communities who live in the affected area in Puna are encouraged to stay advised of updates to the web page.