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

UH Manoa receives funding to evaluate ocean observing technologies

Margaret McManus and Gordon Walker are participating in a national collaboration that awarded HIMB and the Dept of Oceanography researchers over $1 million to test and evaluate the accuracy and utility of technology used to observe aquatic ecosystems.

ART/SCI 2016: Where Art and Science Meet

Niklas Schneider and Axel Timmermann partner with Honolulu Printmakers to create a portfolio of prints to be on exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Hart School.

Chris Measures and Mariko Hatta Reach the North Pole

Aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy oceanography professor Chris Measures and research affiliate Mariko Hatta along with several scientists and a graduate student from the University of Hawai?i at Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) arrived at the North Pole. This NSF funded expedition is focused on studying the Arctic Ocean to meet a number of scientific goals, including the creation of a baseline of measurements for future comparisons.

David Karl wins $770,000 Balzan Prize in oceanography

David Karl, director of the University of Hawai?i at Manoa’ Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), was awarded the 2015 Balzan Prize in recognition of his lifetime of impactful research in the field of microbial oceanography. This honor includes a prize of 750,000 Swiss Francs ($770,000). Karl is also the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel Professor of Ocean and Earth Science.

"Ocean in the News" archive articles

Pictures from Oceanography Student's and Faculty travels

Directory of department personnel (PDF).

Read the weekly SOEST Bulletin