Ocean Research

ARL at UH conducts fundamental research to characterize and understand the ocean environment from the upper atmosphere through the deep seafloor and applies the results of that research in support of defense and security objectives. We develop innovative sensors and integrate those sensors into state-of-the-art platforms to acquire data that inform models of the ocean and atmosphere.


ARL at UH partners with the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) on Coconut Island (Moku o Loʻe), a marine research facility that is the only U.S. laboratory built on a coral reef.


Within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), currently ranked as one the top academic institutions conducting oceanographic and atmospheric research in the world, UH researchers use remote sensing and in situ measurements to conduct research across a broad spectrum of disciplines and settings including physical oceanography (theory, observations and modeling); chemical, biological and biogeochemical assessment of the ocean; the marine-atmospheric boundary layer; seafloor mapping; coastal inundation and sea-level rise; and modeling of the atmosphere and ocean state.