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Department of the Interior Briefing on Coastal Research in Hawai'i

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Alan Mikuni, Cindy Limbaugh, Mark Limbaugh, Pat and Sharon O'Toole, Sallie Beavers, Curt Storlazzi, and Eric Grossman.
Above: NPS biologist Sallie Beavers, in right foreground, introduces visitors to Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. Left to right: Alan Mikuni (USGS), Cindy Limbaugh, Department of the Interior (DOI) Assistant Secretary Mark Limbaugh, Pat and Sharon O'Toole, Sallie Beavers (NPS), Curt Storlazzi (USGS), and Eric Grossman (USGS). [larger version]

On November 11, 2005, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) geologists Michael Field, Eric Grossman, and Curt Storlazzi briefed Department of the Interior (DOI) Assistant Secretary Mark Limbaugh on USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program research in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawai'i. The multifaceted research includes high-resolution mapping of the park's coral-reef resources and investigation of dynamic processes, including coastal circulation and submarine ground-water discharge, that influence the transport and flux of associated nutrients and contaminants to the benthic habitat.

Limbaugh was in the islands for the National Water Resources Association's 74th Annual Conference in Honolulu, where he was the keynote speaker. After attending the water conference, Limbaugh toured some facilities operated by DOI agencies, including several on the Big Island: the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center's Kilauea Field Station, and the National Park Service's Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (NHP).

Limbaugh spent November 11 at Kaloko-Honokohau NHP, where he and his party were hosted by NPS biologist Sallie Beavers. An introduction to the park was followed by a visit to anchialine pools (nearshore pools with no surface connection to the sea but with saltwater and tidal cycles; see the Kalaoko-Honokohau National Historic Park Web site) led by USGS research ecologist David Foote, who also described some endangered terrestrial and aquatic species. Next came the briefing by Field, Grossman, and Storlazzi on ground-water issues and coral-reef studies. To wrap up the visit, Field led Limbaugh and others on a short snorkeling field trip in the coral gardens of Kaloko-Honokohau NHP, where the USGS scientists pointed out salient aspects of the coral community and the processes that control it.

Related Sound Waves Stories
Coastal Landforms and Historical Shoreline Change on the West Coast of Hawai'i
May 2004
Mapping National Parks on the Big Island of Hawai'i
February 2004

Related Web Sites
National Water Resources Association
nonprofit federation of state organizations
Kalaoko-Honokohau National Historic Park
National Park Service

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