Resources for Researchers
OMKM achieves balance, harmony, and trust on Maunakea, in part, by ensuring that research makes use of existing and past work, eliminating unneccessary redundancies from the impacts of scientific work. Astronomy facilities at Halepōhaku and at the summit are the foci of these efforts, even for non-astronomy research. Investigators are expected to be familiar with on-going and completed research and clearly identify how any proposed work is not redundant and expands upon existing acumulated knowledge.
Please refer to our 'Science Project Approval' page for details on the process of applying for permission and forms to work on Maunkea. The resource below are often helpful to individuals applying for permission to work on the mountain, in terms of identifying on-going or past research and other resources available.
Frequently Referenced on-going research projects:
- Astronomical Observtories. PI: various.
- Permafrost and thermal regimes. PI: Dr. Norbert Schorghofer
- Weather & Forecast data / Mauna Kea Weather Center. PI: Dr. Stephen Businger
- Climate Network design. PI: Dr. Tom Giambelluca
- Arthropod Biodiversity. PI: Dr. Jesse Eiben & Dr. Dan Rubinoff
Frequently Referenced completed projects:
- Vegetation Inventory, 2011. PI: Dr. Grant Gerrish
- Additional resources on numerous completed projects can be found by searching the OMKM Library database or by contacting OMKM.
- The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES), located in Hilo, conducts environmentally safe field demonstrations on Hawaiʻi’s volcanic terrain to test and validate advanced space technologies under the jurisdiction of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). They are an excellent resource for anyone considering space analogue research on Maunakea or elsewhere in Hawaiʻi. PISCES is part of the State Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT).
Contact OMKM for more information about leveraging University resources to minimize natural and cultural resource impacts, enhancing local community benefits, and accessing existing facilities (sponsorship by one of the observatories is required).