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.

90% of the world's earthquakes happen in the ring of fire

90% of the world's earthquakes happen in the ring of fire

Can These #Drones Save Elephants from Extinction? https://t.co/8EGoowd7YT

Can These #Drones Save Elephants from Extinction? https://t.co/8EGoowd7YT

Industry is tackling one of the biggest contributors to food waste--confusing expiration labels https://t.co/P6pInGqdgo

Industry is tackling one of the biggest contributors to food waste--confusing expiration labels https://t.co/P6pInGqdgo

What is seasteading? Floating cities in international waters, it's no longer just science fiction. https://t.co/pQal0pQN1h

What is seasteading? Floating cities in international waters, it's no longer just science fiction. https://t.co/pQal0pQN1h

27 ways a heat wave can kill you — a dire warning for a warming planet https://t.co/NI4FioL2u0 via @insideclimate

27 ways a heat wave can kill you — a dire warning for a warming planet https://t.co/NI4FioL2u0 via @insideclimate

28 years ago we got rid of this wall. It allowed me to move to a country that now wants to build a new one.

28 years ago we got rid of this wall. It allowed me to move to a country that now wants to build a new one.

#Indigenous #crops have fallen out of favour in #Zimbabwe. It’s time to revive them, by @irinnews https://t.co/9u3d7BjmET

#Indigenous #crops have fallen out of favour in #Zimbabwe. It’s time to revive them, by @irinnews https://t.co/9u3d7BjmET

This is what parental leave looks like around the world https://t.co/lw2oIJXivp

This is what parental leave looks like around the world https://t.co/lw2oIJXivp

Need some inspiration? Getting yourself outside to clear your head has a hugely positive impact on your cognitive function #EverestChallenge

Need some inspiration? Getting yourself outside to clear your head has a hugely positive impact on your cognitive function #EverestChallenge

Be like panda

Be like panda

4 mega-trends that could change the world by 2030 https://t.co/RmeVCcvqLZ

4 mega-trends that could change the world by 2030 https://t.co/RmeVCcvqLZ

Only 14% of Copenhageners commute to work or education by car.

pic@copenhagenize

Only 14% of Copenhageners commute to work or education by car.

pic@copenhagenize

The Western black rhino is well worth 280 characters. This rare photo of a live one was taken in 1961 by J. Arnaud in Cameroon (image open source) The subspecies was declared #extinct in 2011 after searches failed. Poaching for horn as “medicine” & for trinkets killed them all.

The Western black rhino is well worth 280 characters. This rare photo of a live one was taken in 1961 by J. Arnaud in Cameroon (image open source) The subspecies was declared #extinct in 2011 after searches failed. Poaching for horn as “medicine” & for trinkets killed them all.

How underwater gardening can restore our seas. https://t.co/AMrozMNsiP

How underwater gardening can restore our seas. https://t.co/AMrozMNsiP

This river ecosystem hinges on thousands of drowned, rotting wildebeest https://t.co/yPiGHag5TY

This river ecosystem hinges on thousands of drowned, rotting wildebeest https://t.co/yPiGHag5TY

Despite #MarianaTrench being the deepest place on Earth, this was found at 4,947m on the slopes of a canyon within the trench #BluePlanet2

Despite #MarianaTrench being the deepest place on Earth, this was found at 4,947m on the slopes of a canyon within the trench #BluePlanet2

Why the Indigenous Guardians program is essential to conservation in Canada: https://t.co/GQOtDjtgIo

Why the Indigenous Guardians program is essential to conservation in Canada: https://t.co/GQOtDjtgIo

Want to get your hands dirty this weekend? Start your November right at our Agro-forestry FREE workshop. Go to https://t.co/v29RPUQnuj!

Want to get your hands dirty this weekend? Start your November right at our Agro-forestry FREE workshop.  Go to https://t.co/v29RPUQnuj!

Hawaii ranks #3 in the US when it comes to states that are best at serving their older pop. #kupuna #BestStates https://t.co/AQaoX6UqXv

Hawaii ranks #3 in the US when it comes to states that are best at serving their older pop. #kupuna #BestStates https://t.co/AQaoX6UqXv

Comparing African climates with global cities

Comparing African climates with global cities

Italian policies may be reducing migrant numbers crossing and dying in the #Mediterranean. But at what cost? https://t.co/emjkSBycq7 #Libya

Italian policies may be reducing migrant numbers crossing and dying in the #Mediterranean. But at what cost? https://t.co/emjkSBycq7 #Libya

The ‘Mass Trespass’ of 1932 is often credited as a fundamental moment towards the creation of the National Parks https://t.co/HbsM7NLWtC

The ‘Mass Trespass’ of 1932 is often credited as a fundamental moment towards the creation of the National Parks https://t.co/HbsM7NLWtC

Refugees from #CAR are suffering: from heat, from hunger, from disease. The view inside #DRC: https://t.co/Mdo1NWS2OC

Refugees from #CAR are suffering: from heat, from hunger, from disease. The view inside #DRC:  https://t.co/Mdo1NWS2OC

Dancing devils, towering skeletons - Mexico commemorates Day of the Dead as it mourns 500 killed in earthquakes https://t.co/ZqmZtxDi5K

Dancing devils, towering skeletons - Mexico commemorates Day of the Dead as it mourns 500 killed in earthquakes https://t.co/ZqmZtxDi5K

An interview with PhD alum Jack Kittinger (@peopledseas) on ocean conservation and technology @ConservationOrg, https://t.co/yre0Jjs6DV

An interview with PhD alum Jack Kittinger (@peopledseas) on ocean conservation and technology @ConservationOrg, https://t.co/yre0Jjs6DV

.@Lisa_Palmer reports frm Colombia on post-conflict efforts to study & protect vast tracts of biologically rich land https://t.co/mwoK4T4Rc7

.@Lisa_Palmer reports frm Colombia on post-conflict efforts to study & protect vast tracts of biologically rich land https://t.co/mwoK4T4Rc7

Wanted: 11 million professionals to save Africa from "disaster" https://t.co/sySq3tlM6x

Wanted: 11 million professionals to save Africa from "disaster" https://t.co/sySq3tlM6x

Could ‘smart cities’ be key to fighting climate change? https://t.co/3Mmg7WpouC

Could ‘smart cities’ be key to fighting climate change? https://t.co/3Mmg7WpouC

Reasons for hope: elephants in southern Africa stable & increasing, overall poaching levels in Africa down for 5 yrs https://t.co/4Cwx2P5VsC

A digital wave is sweeping across India. How can we ensure it benefits everyone? https://t.co/D5xqVACD4t #wefindia

A digital wave is sweeping across India. How can we ensure it benefits everyone? https://t.co/D5xqVACD4t #wefindia

Why is "affordable" housing so expensive to build? https://t.co/1WMrmvqZY8

Why is "affordable" housing so expensive to build? https://t.co/1WMrmvqZY8

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