Geoscience in Your State: Hawaii

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What is Geoscience?

Geoscience is the study of the Earth and the complex geologic, marine, atmospheric, and hydrologic processes that sustain life and the economy. Understanding the Earth’s surface and subsurface, its resources, history, and hazards allows us to develop solutions to critical economic, environmental, health, and safety challenges.

By the numbers: Hawaii

1,700 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1

359 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3

$105 million value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174

45 total disaster declarations, including 15 fire, 9 flood, and 7 severe storm disasters (1953-2017)⁶

$15.6 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in 201713

Your State Source for Geoscience Information

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
1151 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

    Agencies Working on Geoscience Issues in hawaii

    Commission on Water Resource Management

    The Commission's general mission is to protect and enhance the water resources of the State of Hawaii through wise and responsible management.

    Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

    The mission of Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency is to help the Hawaiʻi Ohana prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies.

    Hawaii Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands

    The OCCL is responsible for overseeing approximately 2 million acres of private and public lands that lie within the State Land Use Conservation District. In addition, to privately and publicly zoned Conservation District lands, OCCL is responsible for overseeing beach and marine lands out to the seaward extent of the State’s jurisdiction.

    Hawaii Office of Environmental Quality Control

    The Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC) facilitates Hawaiʻi’s environmental review process. The office announces the availability of environmental assessments (EAs) and environmental impact statements (EISs) for public review and comment in its semi-monthly publication, The Environmental Notice. OEQC staff also review and comment on these documents and provide assistance throughout the environmental review process.

    Hawaii State Energy Office
    With the state’s goal to reach 100 percent renewable energy generation by 2045, the Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) is leading the state’s charge toward clean energy independence. HSEO is committed to developing and deploying high impact solutions that will maximize Hawaii’s renewable energy resources and improve efficiency and transportation standards. Through effective policies and innovative programs, HSEO has positioned Hawaii as a leader in clean energy innovation, which will generate quality jobs, attract investment opportunities and accelerate economic growth.

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