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 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, focusing on Asia and the Pacific. Our BA, MA, and PhD students research topics such as agriculture and food, climate change, environmental conservation, geopolitics, geospatial sciences and big data analytics, and tourism leading to careers in academia, government service, NGOs, and in the private sector in Hawaiʻi. We are the lead department for the interdisciplinary online degree in Social Sciences of Oceans and the Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate.

New!! Undergraduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Science

UH GEO public lecture this Thurs., Feb. 2nd @ 12pm in 443 Saunders - "How did precipitation vary across the midcontinental United States over the last 1,500 years?" by Dr. David Pompeani, Lecturer in Geography and Environment, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

UH GEO PhD student Tatsuki Kohatsu has a new paper entitled "Looking through a territorial lens: militarization and local fishers’ everyday livelihoods in Okinawa," published in Territory, Politics, Governance, Congrats, Tatsuki!

UH GEO has two combined Bachelor's and Master's (BAM) programs. Application for Fall admission is in March. For more information, visit and feel free to contact

UH GEO Professor Qi Chen is the P.I. of HawaiiView, a nonprofit organization to promote remote sensing data and technology in Hawaiʻi. HawaiiView recently released the first statewidemap of Uluhe with Landsat-8,

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