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

Looking for a world of possibilities? Major in Geography and Environment at UH-Mānoa.


UH Geo. & Env. PhD candidate Kawēlau Wright will be part of a web panel with Prof. Noenoe Silva (UHM Political Sci.) & Prof. Kealani Cook (UHWO History) on Oct. 1, 6pm HST to discuss "Nā Huliau: Turning Points on Stage," as part of Hawaiian History Month,

UH Geography and Environment Professor Qi Chen is the P.I. for HawaiiView, which just released a 30-m spatial resolution forest height map for the island of Oahu, predicted using Landsat-8 cloud-free mosaic and calibrated using airborne lidar data,

UH Environment and Geography graduate Benjamin Schrager (PhD, 2019) will start a new position in October as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, at the University of Utsunomiya in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. Congrats @benschrager!

Looking for a major at UH Manoa that is socially relevant and appealing to employers? Check out the Department of Geography and Environment

UH Geography and Environment Professor Tom Giambelluca co-authored the article, "Tree Canopies Reflect Mycorrhizal Composition," published in Geophysical Research Letters,

UH Geography and Environment PhD candidate Joannie Pan (@trulyjoanies) co-presented a recent manuscript on tea tourism & social media with @on_scs Prof. Wayne Buente in the Communications & Info. Sciences (CIS) 720 seminar on Sept. 13,

UH Geography and Environment Prof. Qi Chen co-authored the research article, "Evaluating satellite hyperspectral (Orbita) and multispectral (Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2) imagery for identifying cotton acreage" published in the Intl Journal of Remote Sensing,

UH Geography and Environment PhD alum Dr. @AbbyGailFrazier, Professor Tom Giambelluca and colleagues co-authored the "Water-resource management monitoring needs, State of Hawai‘i, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020-5115,"

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