Vision, Mission and Code of Conduct

Human alteration of our planet’s natural systems has intensified over the past decades as a result of unabated population growth, rapid industrial development in the world’s most populous nations, and overexploitation of natural fuel, protein, and water resources, forcing global consideration of resource stewardship, food and population security, and economic stability on a rapidly changing landscape.


SOEST scientists and engineers are committed to providing solutions to some of these complex issues, including water, energy, and mineral resource overexploitation, geohazards, and environmental and climate change.  Through a sustained system of Earth and planetary observations, undergraduate and graduate education, technology development and utilization, and knowledge dissemination, our staff and researchers work to expand public awareness of ocean and Earth resources, ensure informed public policy and decision-making, and advance scientific understanding of complex and interconnected Earth and planetary systems.

Mission Statement

The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology is dedicated to serving society through the acquisition and dissemination of new knowledge about the ocean, Earth, and planets, and to enhancing the quality of life in the state of Hawai‘i and in the nation by providing world-class education, contributing to a high-tech economy, and promoting sustainable use of the environment.

Code of Conduct

In alignment with our mission and vision; the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) prioritizes a safe, supportive, enjoyable, and productive working and learning environment.

Excellence in research, education, learning, professional pursuits, and service are all fostered by effective and supportive relationships among all members, inclusive of race, sex, gender, age, ethnicity, culture, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, political viewpoints, spiritual practices, physical abilities, religion, national origin and other human condition, including intersectionality.

The SOEST Code of Conduct outlines a commitment to ethical and professional conduct among all community members, including all executives, staff, faculty, researchers, students, visitors, and volunteers. It is expected that members’ ongoing personal and professional development will promote inclusivity, professionalism, trust, respect, transparency, and communication.

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