Office of Research

Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)


The Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) is a collaborative research institute between the University of Washington and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Its mission is two-fold:

To conduct multi- and interdisciplinary research in atmospheric, oceanic, and fishery sciences, and on impacts and policy that provides understanding of climate and ecosystem interactions, the way in which these interactions are affected by natural variability and anthropogenic perturbations, and the consequences for natural systems and human society.

To participate in the education both of a new generation of students who are environmentally literate, understand the interlocking complexity of environmental problems, and are trained in solution methods, and of the citizenry of the Pacific Northwest and the nation to enable them to understand the competing demands of environmental and societal health and resource and economic sustainability.

Core Services Offered

Research, education & outreach in the following research themes:

Climate research and impacts.
Environmental chemistry.
Seafloor processes.
Marine ecosystems.
Protection and restoration of marine resources .
Tsunami Observations and modeling.
Ocean and coastal observations.

Cross-cutting themes:
Polar research.
Aerosol climate and chemistry.
Ocean acidification.

Funding Information:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - 1977.
Many other grants/contracts from NSF.
Other agencies too numerous to list

Reporting Structure:

Lisa Graumlich, Dean, College of the Environment,

Related UW Entities:

Applied Physics Laboratory, Burke Museum, College of the Environment, College of Engineering, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, Undergraduate Research Program, UW DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology), UW State GEAR UP Project (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)

External Partners:

NOAA Western Regional Center: Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory Alaska Fisheries Science Center Northwest Fisheries Science Center NOAA Science Camp NOAA Corps NOAA Dive Center NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences-Howard University National Marine Fisheries Service National Marine Mammal Laboratory National Weather Service NOAA OAR/Cooperative Institute National Network A variety of other federal state and local agencies universities and community partners

Center Details

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Director: Ackerman, Thomas
Location: 3737 Brooklyn Ave NE
Year Started: 1977
Administrator / Program Manager: Smith, Mary
Administering College/School: College of the Environment 
P.I. Home Department: Department of Atmospheric Sciences 
Faculty Involvement: JISAO does not have appointed faculty as it is not an academic unit. Other unit faculty number between 50-60 year.