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.

New!! Undergraduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Science

How old is some of the plastic we find on the beach? This Tallon jet car, discovered after winter storms, is from 1962. Some 57 years old. #plasticheritage #oceanplastic #plasticarchaeology

In Indonesia, a flawed certification scheme lets illegal loggers raze away:

There's a long history of govts using maps to seize Indigenous lands. But since the 90s, Indigenous communities have been deploying mapping tactics as a mode of resistance, resurgence & education, & unlike the govt, theirs are rooted in ancestral knowledge

Using maps as a weapon to resist extractive industries on Indigenous territories

Historically, western corporate maps have been privileged over Indigenous ones. But given the essential debate of territory in resource conflicts, map...

I wrote a tutorial for how I draw hand-drawn hillshade, up on my blog now. Each step has a time lapse video showing the process. Enjoy! 🗻
#cartography #drawing #nacis2018

Today, nearly 60 percent of kids get to school by car, almost four times as many as in the late 1960s, when just 16 percent of children did so.

Long School Commutes Are Terrible for Kids

Children who live farther away from their schools get significantly less sleep and exercise, new research shows.

[1 year ago] Can India’s ‘People’s Forest’ also serve as a haven for rhinos?

Elemental Yosemite. A moody terrain experiment taking up space on my HD that I had no idea what do with. Then along came the Monochrome Mapping Competition.

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