2540 Dole St
Holmes Hall 402
Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
The University of Hawaii's SOEST was founded in 1988 as an interdisciplinary academic unit focusing on education and research in the earth and ocean sciences. SOEST currently has about 170 faculty, 500 staff and an annual operating budget of $48 million. Approximately one-third of these funds are derived from the State of Hawaii. The University of Hawaii is firmly committed to establish SOEST as one of the world's leading academic institutions in multi-disciplinary research and education on the oceans, the atmosphere and the solid earth. SOEST is composed of faculty, staff and students from the Departments of Oceanography, Meteorology and Ocean Engineering and the Joint Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR), Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP).
In line with the philosophy that education, especially graduate education, and research are inseparable in University programs, most SOEST faculty are also affiliated with one or more academic Departments. In addition to traditional classroom instruction, a large part of our students' education takes place in laboratories and in the field. Approximately 200 graduate students and 40 undergraduate majors are currently enrolled in degree programs in SOEST.