Our location on the Island of Hawai`i gives us the greatest outdoor laboratory for the study of the tropical environment in the U.S. today. Tradewinds blow year-round into Hilo creating a lush landscape of waterfalls, rainforests, periodic big surf, and fantastic gardens. Hawai`i Island truly offers a setting of diverse natural and cultural environments ideal for geographic/environmental studies!
The department's mission emphasizes human and environmental interactions. We offer opportunities for the study of human/landscape interaction, geographic field methods, cartography, earth surface processes, coastal/tropical development, and issues related to landuse and community development. We actively use and teach remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) as tools to study the above topics.
More information about research projects carried out by faculty may be obtained by visiting their respective web pages.