Global Change · Local Impact

Aloha and welcome to the Department of Geography at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa! Geography is a diverse discipline that is united by its focus on global change and local impacts on humans and the environment. The department was founded in 1932 and is consistently ranked among the top programs in the US. The faculty has expertise across the breadth of the discipline in environmental geography, human geography, and geographic technologies, often with a focus on Asia and the Pacific. Our BA, MA, and PhD students research topics such as environmental change, sustainability, and globalization and have gone on to careers in academia, government service, NGOs, and in the private sector.

We can work for a better world

We can work for a better world

New Jane Goodall documentary ‘a masterpiece of compilation’ https://t.co/R0Ug58rHyB

New Jane Goodall documentary ‘a masterpiece of compilation’ https://t.co/R0Ug58rHyB

Humans have created 9.1 billion tons of plastic. Here's how you can help stop the madness. https://t.co/7cATa5uWlK

Humans have created 9.1 billion tons of plastic. Here's how you can help stop the madness. https://t.co/7cATa5uWlK

Thousands of women leave Myanmar in search of work and fall prey to traffickers. WATCH: https://t.co/MVdxXRrXcC
#AntiSlaveryDay

Thousands of women leave Myanmar in search of work and fall prey to traffickers. WATCH: https://t.co/MVdxXRrXcC 
#AntiSlaveryDay

Consensus on the border wall prototypes: ugly and probably will be as effective as other walls (ie not very) https://t.co/tT97SwNkEU

Consensus on the border wall prototypes: ugly and probably will be as effective as other walls (ie not very) https://t.co/tT97SwNkEU

#CaliforniaFires have consumed >220,000 acres - an area larger than New York City - and jeopardized a major part of economy: Wine country

New study finds nature is absolutely vital to beating climate change. https://t.co/mk9qaTTalQ #nature4climate

New study finds nature is absolutely vital to beating climate change. https://t.co/mk9qaTTalQ #nature4climate

Tune in 10/18-Kim Falinski teaches Hydrology and Watershed in "Green Infrastructure" seminars - Wed's, 3:30-4:30:
https://t.co/bo3VGPaSDe

Tune in 10/18-Kim Falinski teaches Hydrology and Watershed in "Green Infrastructure" seminars - Wed's, 3:30-4:30: 
https://t.co/bo3VGPaSDe Tune in 10/18-Kim Falinski teaches Hydrology and Watershed in "Green Infrastructure" seminars - Wed's, 3:30-4:30: 
https://t.co/bo3VGPaSDe

The number of obese children is about to overtake the number of underweight for the first time https://t.co/oiGlX5VI6l #health

The number of obese children is about to overtake the number of underweight for the first time https://t.co/oiGlX5VI6l #health

At the core of this movement is the understanding that soil health and climate stability are closely linked. https://t.co/iTO6PozeFB

At the core of this movement is the understanding that soil health and climate stability are closely linked. https://t.co/iTO6PozeFB

11 books on the future of humanity that everyone should read https://t.co/sSIbuj4EAR #reading

11 books on the future of humanity that everyone should read https://t.co/sSIbuj4EAR #reading

Why #JusticeReformNow? Because incarceration rates among communities of color are staggering.

Why #JusticeReformNow? Because incarceration rates among communities of color are staggering.

Over 20,000 girls are married off illegally every day. https://t.co/SsDhF2fe5o

Over 20,000 girls are married off illegally every day. https://t.co/SsDhF2fe5o

Cycling is better for economy, health, urban spaces, equality, traffic safety, businesses and much more..

Cycling is better for economy, health, urban spaces, equality, traffic safety, businesses and much more..

"The Oregon Zoo staff took the elephant around the zoo, she liked sea lions the best!"

"The Oregon Zoo staff took the elephant around the zoo, she liked sea lions the best!"

Could creating rural jobs for youths stem the flight to cities? The @FAOKnowledge think so https://t.co/tZZ7NxtRAK #resilience #cities

Could creating rural jobs for youths stem the flight to cities? The @FAOKnowledge think so https://t.co/tZZ7NxtRAK #resilience #cities

Territorial claims in the South China Sea

Territorial claims in the South China Sea

From @GlobalEcoGuy: To build a civilization that endures, we need a big dose of humility—and to listen to our planet https://t.co/SsjL4jUlh3

From @GlobalEcoGuy: To build a civilization that endures, we need a big dose of humility—and to listen to our planet  https://t.co/SsjL4jUlh3

A Blueprint for Action: Water Security for an Uncertain Future
#impinv #watersecurity https://t.co/SpXhPA0N9f

A Blueprint for Action: Water Security for an Uncertain Future
#impinv #watersecurity https://t.co/SpXhPA0N9f

Here's a unique view of the Honolulu Rail elevated track from Pearl City to Aiea running in between Kamehameha Hwy (facing east) #HInews

Here's a unique view of the Honolulu Rail elevated track from Pearl City to Aiea running in between Kamehameha Hwy (facing east) #HInews

Puerto Rico's energy crisis presents an opportunity to invest in clean power
https://t.co/h1n0yyUcH5

Puerto Rico's energy crisis presents an opportunity to invest in clean power 
https://t.co/h1n0yyUcH5

Ecologists are divided over whether logging can benefit biodiversity -- and Jerry Franklin is in the middle of it:

Why does this famous protector of trees now want to cut some down?

Veteran forest ecologist's views have evolved over time

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A new study released earlier this week confirmed what we’ve been saying all along: Grass-fed beef, like factory-farm beef, has a supersized carbon footprint.

The Search for Sustainable Beef – Center for Biological Diversity – Medium

New report finds grass-fed beef is “in no way a climate solution”

medium.com

Could innovative air-cleaning bicycles make Beijing a cycling city again? @SRoosegaarde https://t.co/oyYgaP10wR

Could innovative air-cleaning bicycles make Beijing a cycling city again? @SRoosegaarde https://t.co/oyYgaP10wR

The Endangered Species Act is in danger. If it falls, we all fall. Will you be part of the #OneActForAll movement? https://t.co/MoWdLb9kN2

This type of farming requires no land or freshwater… https://t.co/GdYJbpKd3v #OurOcean

This type of farming requires no land or freshwater… https://t.co/GdYJbpKd3v #OurOcean

The risk of drowning is far from the only danger facing migrants attempting the Mediterranean route into Europe https://t.co/1wuAGOi0Oe

The risk of drowning is far from the only danger facing migrants attempting the Mediterranean route into Europe https://t.co/1wuAGOi0Oe

FACTBOX-New war on #cholera aims to consign killer disease to history books https://t.co/cV55Gei62D

FACTBOX-New war on #cholera aims to consign killer disease to history books https://t.co/cV55Gei62D

How did Anchorage use GIS to work with the homeless? #healthgis https://t.co/fQtcDo22FZ #homeless

How did Anchorage use GIS to work with the homeless? #healthgis https://t.co/fQtcDo22FZ #homeless

In the highlands of Peru, rodeo clowns rest during a festival to mark the return of #cleanwater: https://t.co/XJeBxRZzs2 #ClimateAction

In the highlands of Peru, rodeo clowns rest during a festival to mark the return of #cleanwater: https://t.co/XJeBxRZzs2 #ClimateAction

Biodegradable breakthrough. Read more: https://t.co/Drml4NTSZL

94% of the Chinese population live east of the line

94% of the Chinese population live east of the line

Dairy Antibiotics: Setting the Record Straight. https://t.co/47EoQQyqJd

Dairy Antibiotics: Setting the Record Straight.  https://t.co/47EoQQyqJd

Learn more about submarine cables with this amazing interactive map! https://t.co/n3KLOtQueY

Learn more about submarine cables with this amazing interactive map! https://t.co/n3KLOtQueY

Missed our #PPEO2017 webinar on #energyaccess? No need to panic - it's now available online! https://t.co/3lnohfk6dl

Missed our #PPEO2017 webinar on #energyaccess? No need to panic - it's now available online! https://t.co/3lnohfk6dl

The number of refugees in the world is the highest ever seen. Global Trends - what you need to know: https://t.co/JSbZGM4gSK #WithRefugees

The number of refugees in the world is the highest ever seen. Global Trends - what you need to know: https://t.co/JSbZGM4gSK #WithRefugees

Sustainable Food Movement Flourishes On Kauai’s North Shore https://t.co/nN5Y7JF2ZF @blyte

Sustainable Food Movement Flourishes On Kauai’s North Shore https://t.co/nN5Y7JF2ZF @blyte

Why are trees so important to our cities? https://t.co/7IKJnh1IaI

Why are trees so important to our cities? https://t.co/7IKJnh1IaI

#Ecotourism can be so helpful, only when done correctly: @Tripadvisor bans #wildlife encounters: https://t.co/lpGJfEWsRG #WorldTourismDay

#Ecotourism can be so helpful, only when done correctly: @Tripadvisor bans #wildlife encounters: https://t.co/lpGJfEWsRG  #WorldTourismDay

You could soon be eating meat grown by plants https://t.co/U3HVp4BXPy

You could soon be eating meat grown by plants https://t.co/U3HVp4BXPy