Given the prestige and expertise that fill the UW’s marine-research program, not even the fish were surprised when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration renewed its partnership with the University of Washington for aquatic and atmospheric study. As part of its ongoing relationship with NOAA, the UW will receive up to $100 million over the next five years to continue its cutting-edge explorations of the environment.
Since 1977, the UW and NOAA have collaborated on the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, which now supports 120 scientists and UW staff in their examination of critical environmental issues.
“The University of Washington has proven to be a strong and innovative research partner,” said NOAA Research Council acting chairman Steve Murawski. With these increased funds, the UW plans to expand research that ranges from forecasting the impacts of future tsunamis to studying the hydrothermal vents that dot the Pacific Northwest’s seafloor.