Global Change · Local Impact

Aloha and welcome to the Department of Geography and Environment 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. Faculty have expertise across the breadth of the discipline in environmental geography, human geography, and geospatial information science, 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.

"I kept all my plastic for a year – the 4,490 items forced me to rethink" 😱😱😱

The people of Ladakh have a rich folklore, some of which date back to the pre-Buddhist era.

A look at America's petty policy on used clothes for Africa #Kenya #Rwanda #Tanzania

Just discovered a really cool application that converts @openstreetmap data into 3D tactile maps (via your own 3D printer / embosser or by ordering a 3D print). @touchmapper Designed to aid the blind or partially sighted - am intrigued how well they work.

#DrawTheLine on #climatechange w/@blueplanetfound on Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The #BlueLineProject will bring together island communities to chalk iconic “blue lines” that mark sea level rise exposures around Hawaii. Register at!

One of the world's filthiest industries just agreed to clean up its act

How many colours you see depends on what language you speak

Plaintiffs from Cambodia have filed a class-action lawsuit against a Thai company after being forcibly removed from their homes to make way for a sugarcane plantation @rinachandran reports #landrights #industry #Asia

Scarce, unaffordable housing is not a local problem in a few places, but is baked into the 21st-century global city. It’s time for cities, nations, and global leaders to start acting like it

The plastics crisis is more urgent than you know. Recycling bottles won’t fix it #BreakFreeFromPlastic

Learn how to make stunning maps in our newest free online course, "Cartography." Sign up here:

#cartography #maps #mooc #arcgis #arcgispro #arcgisonline #esri #GIS #geography #webmap #design #freeclass #aag2018 #AAG18

Remember that Keystone Pipeline oil spill from November? Turns out it was twice as large as we initially thought

#GeoawesomeMapOfTheDay Migration of Birds throughout the Western Hemisphere via

"There’s more microbes in a teaspoon of soil than there are people on earth"
@nature_org breaking down why #soilhealth significantly impacts water resources, biodiversity and can even mitigate climate change.

Apple brags about 100% renewable energy... but what about the toxic materials mined, refined, and fabricated to make their brand of electronic gadgets—almost none of which can be recycled fully—and designed to be obsolete and replaced within 18 months

Apple Now Runs On 100% Green Energy, And Here’s How It Got There


Wonderful to see our series "The politics of death" long-listed at the One World Media Awards! 🎉🎊 While they decide on the winners take another look at these hard-hitting human stories: @onewm #landrights

“Photography isn’t just about showing someone how beautiful something is, it’s a weapon.” @LouiePsihoyos

Doomed by their beauty, nautiluses could be headed toward extinction.

Natural climate solutions need substantial investment, writes @nature_org. Could sustainable land bonds be the answer? #nature4climate

Colombia's top court orders government to protect Amazon forest in landmark case @anastasiabogota reports
@Dejusticia #climatechange #Amazon #forests #climatejustice

Volunteer for one of our photography projects! From central Africa, to the islands in the Pacific. Apply now & join the team: #jimmynelson #jimmynelsonfoundation

Plastic doesn’t just look like food; it smells, feels and even sounds like food. And that's why marine animals can't stop eating it #BreakFreeFromPlastic

The current global average age of farmers is 60+. Who will feed the world in the future? We invited @knwanze to comment on bringing youth into #agriculture in Africa

#TheFishTank Aquaculture now provides more than half of all #fish for human consumption. It is playing a vital role in fighting hunger and improving food and #nutrition security of poor rural households:

In an exclusive extract from his newest book, Robin Hanbury-Tenison, looks back on the legacy of his ground-breaking 1977 Royal Geographical Society expedition into the interior of Borneo

Mapping the Grand Canyon in 10 steps starting with a DEM.

California’s housing crisis is so bad families are squatting abandoned homes just to survive

Lots of sweet potatoes could've made Easter Island a bustling place.

Check out the 1st imu-cooked meal officially sanctioned & served in a public school cafeteria! @MililaniTrojans cooked the kalua pig overnight on campus. Lunch includes local papayas, pineapples & bananas. @BeyondGreen_sfp @KohalaCenter @kokua @Ulupono #ainapono #farmtoschool

1.5 Million Slavery Era Documents Will Be Digitized, Helping African Americans to Learn About Their Lost Ancestors

11 of 20: What went right January-March 2018 | Can you guess which much-loved animal is the focus of a huge planned conservation park in China? An area of land twice the size of Yosemite has been set aside

After decades of damage to the island of Kaho’olawe the #restoration of the #island is in sight and Island Conservation and our partners are excited about the future of the island. #NoExtinctions

New @UNESCOstat’s Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education shows how countries can develop indicators that help ensure out-of-school children will no longer be ignored or forgotten 👉 #LeaveNoOneBehind #SDG4

"The shock to the community was beyond our capacity." Mental scars linger for Fijian survivors of deadly storm: #MigrationUnmasked #climigration #migration

Analysis of historical photos can give us important perspective on shifting baseline syndrome. Here, the disappearance of large fish from the Florida Keys over 50 years, as indicated by the ever decreasing size of trophy fish. Paper here:

The moral dilemmas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution #4IR

From Ecuador's Amazon to the president's palace, indigenous women are demanding an end to drilling @anastasiabogota reports #IndigenousRights @OPECnews #Amazon @confeniae1 #Women

The Perils of Palm Oil

Anti-trafficking charity launches materials aimed at Kenyan children

#AinaPono: Hawaii State Farm-to-School Initiative's goal is to address the supply-and-demand issues related to the purchase of local food for State school cafeterias. Learn more about #WhyWeInvested and its impact to Hawaii: #F2S #FarmToSchool

Addressing illegal fishing could provide an easier and cheaper route to sustainable fisheries than relying solely on curtailing legal fishing, according to research published in @NatureEcoEvo

This is where people #work the longest hours #employment

This community in Guatemala used to spend up to 3 hours a day retrieving #water. Now, after working with us to build simple, efficient rainwater harvesting systems, these families have access to #cleanwater right outside their homes.

Turkey poop could help save us from ourselves

Kaho'olawe is the center of the Hawaiian Islands chain and plays a vital role in ocean navigation. #Conservation #Culture #Hawaii

An important reminder from @SylviaEarle in honor of #WorldWaterDay 🌊🌎

Contamination from the mega-dairies that supply VT's big brands, like Ben & Jerry’s and Cabot Cheese, is nothing new to Vermonters, especially when it comes to the contamination of our waterways. Read our report: #scarydairy #waterpollution #wecanfixthis

There's a huge drinking water problem plaguing rural America #WorldWaterDay

#ClimateChange is bringing new diseases and outbreaks to your town. Our interactive maps show you which new threats are coming your way. @Revelator_News

Climate Goes Viral • The Revelator

Disease outbreaks could be coming your way thanks to climate change and Trump administration budget cuts. Our interactive map shows how you could be a...

A little #nerdsagainstnurdles inspiration. 🎨 illustration by @KarikaturaLv
#plasticsucks #grab4tag4 #sustainablecoastlineshawaii #waterinspired #take3forthesea #oceanoptomism #marinedebris #plasticpollution #plasticban #plasticwaste #plasticfree #plasticfreecoastlines

Opelu fishing starts with making nets shaped like this. If you are on O'ahu, don't miss the opportunity on Mar 23rd to meet Uncle Chuck Leslie in person and see this movie documenting his tradition of opelu fishing on Hawaii island.

The world needs more forests, not more industrial meat. RT if you agree! #LessIsMore

World's last male northern white #rhino passes away as species faces extinction #RacingExtinction #wildlife

Solar panels sitting atop a man-made lake in Huainan, China, make up the world's largest floating solar farm. Sungrow Huainan Solar Farm is capable of producing enough electricity to power 15,000 homes. Read more here:

My 3D Bathymetry now online:
#maps #cartography

Coal ash is polluting groundwater across the country, according to new utility data