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Flooding Hawaiian fishponds get help from UH technology startup
"On the continental U.S., Hohonu has deployed 60 sensors from Florida to Maine, in California and Alaska, and throughout Hawaiʻi, working closely with local communities that are seeing effects from accelerating climate change with hyperlocal episodic flooding."
February 28, 2023
Indigenous Management Of Hawaii’s Fishponds Is Getting A High Tech Upgrade
“We have to take that understanding of what a healthy ahupua'a (watershed) looks like and take that forward, as a beacon and example.”
January 18, 2023
Maine scientists use new tools to help improve flood preparedness
"Having more measurements of water levels along the coastline is going to be hugely helpful to essentially check if our models of flooding are accurate"
November 11, 2022
Elemental Excelerator announces 11th cohort
Hawaii-based company Hohonu is part of the 11th cohort, and is focused on climate resilience, providing 24/7 water level monitoring for coastlines, rivers and streams.
November 2, 2022
Elemental Excelerator Doubles Down on Climate Tech Investments
Hohonu provides real-time environmental monitoring to inform community-level action.
The why: Rising sea levels will put $100B worth of U.S. property in jeopardy by 2050.
November 2, 2022
New UH student-run venture fund announces first investments
The venture fund’s first investment was in Hohonu, a startup that uses technology developed by UH Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology Associate Professor, Brian Glazer.
August 18, 2022
Tailored flooding data set for Fernandina Beach
You can predict the tides until the sun implodes, but pegging the water level isn’t so easy, especially in our era of accelerating climate change and sea-level rise.
April 6, 2022
UH innovators, entrepreneurs awarded for ‘re-imagining’ state’s economy
“We have a lot of potential solutions that have existed or are starting to emerge and become commonplace in other sectors, and if we now start to apply those to the climate change problem, that is a glimmer of hope for us.”
March 9, 2022
SECOORA Funds a New Water Level Network
Being on a barrier island and susceptible to tidal flooding and storm surges places the residents, businesses, and property in Fernandina Beach at great risk to the danger of rising ocean waters.
March 4, 2022
Island Innovators Of The Year: Celebrating Innovations That Help Hawai'i And Other Islands Solve A Major Problem In Communities, The Ocean Or The ʻĀina.
Dr. Brian Glazer explains that extreme weather events are generally forecast for large areas, sometimes multiple states and regions. Many small municipalities don’t have access to updated emergency flood zone mapping or effective monitoring of levies, waterways and drainage systems.
March 1, 2022
USF Scientists Keep a Watchful Eye on Water Levels in Tampa Bay
We can’t afford to continue working with the regional level of detail we have now. For us to have locally accurate storm surge and tidal flooding models that are meaningful to everyone in the Tampa Bay area, we need more data at greater resolution.
January 20, 2022
Podcast: Tracking the Tides With Tech
Coastal communities need accurate, reliable, and accessible information on tides, particularly as they confront rising sea levels and need to adapt to flooding events. But federal gauges are spread out on the U.S. coastline, which leaves extensive areas in between without precise predictions and real-world tracking of tides.
November 15, 2021
Hyper-local tidal sensors now in use along South Carolina coast
“It’s really going to help me out and my counter parts in public safety just to plan ahead a little better so we will know when to start blocking streets,” said Eric Lutz, flood plain manager at Folly Beach.
November 5, 2021
UH startup improves flood-risk management in 54 U.S. communities
Hohonu, Inc., a University of Hawaiʻi technology startup that provides environmental water level monitoring to help communities adapt to climate change, has been selected to help to expand a water-level observing network in the Southeast U.S. region.
October 18, 2021
Hawaii startup measures sea level rise for Mainland communities
Hohonu, a two-year-old Hawaii-based startup company that uses its own sensors to detect sea level rise, has been commissioned by a regional member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, to assist East Coast communities on the Mainland.
October 15, 2021
A new network of water level sensors to be deployed in the Southeast
This project will provide real-time high-resolution and high-frequency flood data that coastal communities can use to plan for and respond to flood emergencies, and design resilience and adaptation strategies for the long-term effects of sea-level rise and the projected increase in flooding.
September 27, 2021
Newly installed water level sensors can help OBX citizens prepare for flooding
These gauges provide real-time water levels at several locations that let the public and emergency management professionals know when flooding may be occurring.
September 15, 2021
Podcast: Dr. Brian Glazer, creator of new system to measure water level heights along the coast
We learn about a new system called Hohonu, which has the goal of measuring ocean, bay, or river levels in real time so we know what’s happening during storms or due to sea-level rise in general.
August 11, 2021
Emerging Technologies to Enable Affordable Ocean Observing
Meteorological data may indicate impending weather events or how observed tidal fluctuations may differ from predicted tide levels, or in the longer-term, may be a commentary on a changing climate.
March 6, 2019