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. Our department was founded in 1932 and is consistently ranked among the top programs in the US. Our 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.


"The only prize in the world that can restore our dignity is justice and the prosecution of criminals," @NadiaMuradBasee said accepting her Nobel Prize on Monday.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad Urges the World to Fight for Sexual Violence Survivors

The advocate and Denis Mukwege are using their Nobel Peace Prize to fuel action.

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United Nations finds possible human rights violations in America thanks to income inequality https://t.co/Ye08inCs3K

It's one of the biggest debates in conservation: should we be sharing our landscapes with nature, or should we be sparing large tracts of land for nature’s exclusive use?

Sparing vs Sharing: The Great Debate Over How to Protect Nature

What is the best way to save nature – to cordon off areas for parks and open space or to integrate conservation measures on working lands? Recent re...

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Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches die in the U.S. every year, and many are sitting on prime real estate, @JonathanMerritt writes.

America’s Epidemic of Empty Churches

Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches die in the U.S. every year, and many are sitting on prime real estate.

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The number of migrants arriving in Yemen is set to rise 50 percent this year compared to 2017, with almost 150,000 risking all on the journey from the Horn of Africa towards the Arabian Gulf, says @UNmigration

Yemen migrant route grows 50 percent, surpasses Mediterranean - IOM

An estimated 92 percent of the migrants were Ethiopian and the rest were Somali, and one in five were minors, many of them unaccompanied

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A new collection of satellite images of the world's cities illustrates the competition between urbanization and agriculture, the way extractive industries transform landscapes, and the differences in development at international borders.

From High Above, A New Way of Seeing Our Urban Planet

The world’s cities are expected to grow by another 2.5 billion people by 2050. A new collection of satellite images starkly illustrates the shee...

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The Bangladeshi tribe that’s guarding turtles, co-authoring research papers: https://t.co/GqZGoJkh8I

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