7fcde7 square The Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, SOEST; photo by Dr Steven Businger

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Welcome to the Department of Oceanography in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The Department of Oceanography is located on the University of Hawaii’s largest campus (about 20,000 students), overlooking Waikiki and downtown Honolulu.

Inclusive of Cooperating and Affiliate members, more than 70 Graduate Faculty teach and advise graduate students in the Oceanography field of study. The collective research expertise and programs of these faculty provide a broad diversity of potential projects and employment opportunities for students. Department faculty are loosely organized into three Divisions — Physical Oceanography, Marine Geology and Geochemistry (MGGD), and Biological Oceanography; the research activities and publications of the Oceanography Faculty are described on other pages of this web site.

Prospective Students

We encourage applications from talented, motivated students to join our international department. Learn about the programs and application process.

Contact Us

Apollo 11 photo of the ocean planetFor more information, please contact us at:

  • Department of Oceanography
  • 1000 Pope Road, Marine Science Building (MSB) 205
  • School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
  • tel: (808) 956-7633 • fax: (808) 956-9225
  • email: ocean@soest.hawaii.edu

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News and Announcements

Congratulations Dave Karl
David Karl has been named as the first recipient of The Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel Endowed Chair in Ocean and Earth Science and Technology in SOEST.  The Pavel Endowed Chair has been established with a $2,080,000 gift. Dave plans to use the large gift "to do pioneering research on the micro-organisms that dominate the biomass of the ocean, provide food for most of the food web, harvest solar energy, degrade pollutants, and maintain half the oxygen that we breathe. Our future is tied to the health of the ocean.”


Physical Oceanographers sail on the Hōkūle‘a


NAS Award

Dave Karl is the 2013 recipient of the Alexander Agassiz Medal awarded by the National Academy of Sciences. Dave joins the ranks of illustrious past recipients who include Bjerknes, Bigelow, Sverdrup, Stommel, and our very own Klaus Wyrtki.


Professor explores marine ecosystem's response to ocean acidification


HOT News: Pacific carbon pump speeds up in summer


New wave buoy deployed in Maui


Pictures from Oceanography Student's and Faculty travels

Adam Jenkins

Photo submitted by Adam Jenkins



Photo submitted by Giacomo Giorli


Craig Smith

Photo submitted by Craig Smith


Tina Lin

Photo submitted by Tina Lin