Scientists get rare chance to collect data on impact of lava on marine life, sea water

Photo courtesy of Liquid Robotics, a Boeing Company Wave Gliders, pictured here, are collecting water data from areas around the lavas ocean entry in lower Puna.
HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Dr. Steven Colbert sits in the lab where water sample testing is done in the Marine Science building Friday at University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Photo courtesy of Liquid Robotics, a Boeing Company Steven Colbert, an associate professor in the Marine Science Department at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, said he’s been collaborating with Liquid Robotics in Kawaihae Harbor on the use of their Wave Glider technology. The unmanned device is collecting water data and measurements from areas around the lava ocean entry.

The lava flow in lower Puna is not only changing the landscape, but the seascape, too, impacting the water and sea life within.