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

NOAA predicted that a Massachusetts-sized dead zone would alight upon the Gulf of Mexico .... and that Lake Erie, which provides drinking water to 11 million people, will also experience a massive harmful algae bloom starting in late July.

Massive toxic algae blooms predicted in Lake Erie and Gulf of Mexico

The latest result of the Midwest’s wet spring are showing up downstream, in the form of toxic algae growths

He’s passed abandoned fishing nets that tangle and kill wildlife. He’s held pieces of broken storage crates blooming with algae and barnacles. And he wants us to see it all — so we know what we’ve done to the planet.

Meet the guy swimming through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Ben Lecomte and his team are swimming through one of the most cluttered sections of the ocean in the world to raise awareness about marine plastic pol...

An Atlas Obscura piece that looks at Heinrich Berann’s panoramas of Denali, North Cascades, Yellowstone, and Yosemite national parks.

Even in bankruptcy, millionaire coal executives find a way to make more money while local communities and workers are getting left behind. It time for a just transition for coal-dependent communities. @drvox

wyoming strip mine

Coal left Appalachia devastated. Now it’s doing the same to Wyoming.

Vulture capitalists are sucking value from a dying industry.

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